It is not yet over, until it is over, says the cliché. This seems to be the case of north eastern communities that have suffered repeated attacks by Boko Haram insurgents despite several assurances from the military that the sect has been defeated.
Last weekend, more than 200 persons were killed during an attack on Dalori community in Borno State.
Latest report indicated that battle is far from been won as scores of people were confirmed dead with other injured when a group of Boko Haram terrorists who rode on 10 bicycles from Sambisa Forest invaded Mairi Mmumbe village, near Dalori District of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday morning.
According to residents the insurgents first attacked Mairi at about 8pm Friday killing four persons; a teenage boy and four women, before proceeding to Malari where the entire village was razed in annoyance as residents fled.
This was confirmed by the Vice- Chairman of the Civilian JTF in charge of Konduga, Mallam Ahmed Tijjani.
The Senator Representing Borno Central, Senator Kaka Bashir Garbai, and other members of House of Representatives, including Hon. Kadiri Rahis representing Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), who were in the communities for first hand information, were told how the insurgents set huts ablaze, with three women bumt beyond recognition.
Modu Malaram, an Islamic cleric and father of 7 in the deserted village said, “we just finished the night prayers and I was listening to local news on radio when suddenly, some strange men approached our home and started firing in all directions. How we managed to escape still remained a mystery to me and my family but I lost my Arabic student who was the only one shot dead by the insurgents while the four other women which the community lost were burnt beyond recognition in their huts”, he stated.
Through out Saturday, thousands of residents were seen heading towards Maiduguri with luggage on their heads, afraid that the sect may still come back to carry out more havoc.
Senator Garbai said the military needed to do more to tame the new threat from the insurgents.
According to him, “The terrorists have shown that they are not truly dead and buried and it is time for our soldiers to come back to the reality that more still needs to be done a until they are defeated.”