Shettima Says Boko Haram Killed 31 Fishermen in Borno

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Tuesday confirmed the killing of 31 fishermen by the Boko Haram terrorists group at Baga in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.
Shettima disclosed this at the presentation of relief materials donated to the state by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri.
There were reports earlier that terrorists killed the fishermen over the weekend and made another fisherman with his canoe to transport the corpses to the shore, telling him to  inform Nigerian soldiers that they (Boko Haram) were ready to do battle with the troops in that axis.
Shettima said that the attack indicated that the Boko Haram insurgents were still unleashing terror, killing and maiming people in the Lake Chad Basin.
Shettima noted that the military and other security agencies were yet to verify the report.
“Somebody called me this morning and informed me that the insurgents had killed 31 fishermen in the Lake Chad Basin.
“The security agencies have not commented on the attack; so, you cannot confirm it.
“This shows the level of crisis we faced in Borno, as the so-called Jihadists continued with their inhuman acts in the Lake Chad basin,” Shettima said.
He, however, commended the efforts of the military toward ending insurgency and ensuring that peace returned to the North-East region .
The insurgents had attacked and killed 31 fishermen in separate attacks between August  5 and 6 in Baga.
It was reported that the incident occurred at Duguri and Dabar-Wanzam fishing communities in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.
A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) disclosed that 14 persons were killed at Duguri, while 17 others were murdered at Dabar-Wanzam.
The attack came barely four weeks after the fishermen returned to Baga and resumed fishing.

Author: News Editor

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