Police Sergeant was reportedly killed in Boko Haram attack on Magumeri community Borno State, Thursday.
The Borno State Police Command’s spokesman, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday.
“On Wednesday evening, information was received that Magumeri town was under attack by Boko Haram elements.
“On receipt of the report, teams of Anti-Robbery Squad and other personnel were quickly mobilised to the scene.
“A mobile police sergeant, Haliru Aliyu, deployed with the military in Magumeri on special duty, was killed while Sgt. Lawrence Ayeni sustained gunshot injury and is currently at the military hospital receiving treatment,” Isuku said.
He said a water tanker and a bus belonging to Magumeri Local Government and two other civilian vehicles were burnt in the attack.
According to the police spokesman, military reinforcement from Damasak and Maiduguri engaged the terrorists and recovered one Hilux vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft gun from the terrorists.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army accused residents of the village of conniving with Boko Haram insurgents who tried to attack the village on Wednesday night before they were repelled by soldiers
Soldiers had, Wednesday night, repelled what could have turned out a massacre when dozens of Boko Haram fighters attacked Magumeri, a village 52 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The attackers’ mission, according to the spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Brig-General Sani Usman, was to kill everyone in the community and then set the village ablaze.
But soldiers deployed in the area fought off the insurgents who stormed the village at about 6 p.m.
Usman said the Army gathered intelligence that some residents of the village largely helped those that attacked Magumeri.
He said troops were in pursuit of the attackers, most of whom had escaped with gunshot wounds.
He said the attack on Magumeri could not have been possible without the help of residents of the community.
He said most of the killed Boko Haram fighters were faces known to many members of the agrarian community.
“While troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community.
“The terrorists that attack the village are well known to the people.
“It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons. The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.
“Consequently, we are constrained to state that it is now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them. It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst.
“The terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their inhuman acts.
“It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the Security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages,” he added.