Borno gov visits community where Boko Haram killed 60 villagers

GOVERNOR Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Sunday visited Gajiram, Ngazai Local Government Area of the state where Boko Haram killed 60 villagers, as he reiterated his commitment to supporting security agencies to protect lives and properties in the state.

Zulum, during the condolence visit, said the government would not relent until peace was restored to the state.

While condemning the attack, Zulum, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), called on the people to be vigilant and cooperate with security agencies in their communities.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and the fortitude to bear the loss for the families.

The governor also visited Specialists’ Hospital, Maiduguri and sympathised with persons who sustained injuries in the attack.

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Speaking to newsmen, Mr Muhammad Bulama, chairman of the council, said the insurgents attacked Badu village and killed over 60 persons, while 11 others were wounded.

“Two weeks ago, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Badu village but the attack was repelled by the villagers and members of the vigilance group.

“The villagers resisted the attack, killed 11 insurgents and recovered 10 AK-47 rifles in the encounter.

“On Saturday at about 11:40 a.m., the insurgents came on a reprisal mission, attacking mourners at a graveyard in the area and killed over 60 persons,” Bulama said.

He added that the wounded were taken to the Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, for treatment.

Efforts to get reactions from the military failed, as the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, did not respond to inquiries sent to him through Short Service Message (SMS).