… Death toll still uncertain
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Sunday, led Zabarmari kinsmen and other residents to the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The victims, who lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area, known for rice cultivation and local processing, were attacked on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area of the state.
Zulum expressed deep sympathy over the killings.
He later, during the funeral, addressed the bereaved community.
The governor said, “First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”
Speaking with newsmen at the funeral, the governor lamented that people of the state are facing hard time.
He noted, “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents.
“This is very sad. We are still appealing to the federal government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency.”
Earlier, a resident of the area, had briefed the governor that the death toll from the gruesome attack was yet to be fully ascertained.