Eight persons were killed and several others injured when gunmen dressed in military fatigues and suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect attacked Logomani Village in Dikwa local government area of Borno State.
An eyewitness who is also a commercial motorist, Awwal Sunoma, told LEADERSHIP last night that the gunmen who wore military uniforms invaded the tiny village about 80km away from Maiduguri along the Maiduguri-Dikwa road, at about 6am and began to shoot sporadically, forcing villagers to flee into the bush.
"They operated for about three hours, because they only left at about 9am when soldiers from Maiduguri arrived the village. They killed at least eight persons. I don't know if people died in the bush, but many who sustained bullet injuries were able to drag themselves back to the village," he said.
Sunoma, who spoke at the Gamboru motor park in Maiduguri, said the soldiers had chased the attackers away and were still combing the villages in search of suspects as at the time he was leaving the village.
Another unconfirmed attack by Boko Haram insurgents was said to have been foiled by the military near Benishik Village along the Kano-Maiduguri road Saturday evening.
Efforts to contact the acting spokesman of the 7th Division Maiduguri, Captain Aliyu Danja, proved abortive, just as he is yet to issue any statement to confirm the incident.
Yesterday's attack was the first in the last eight days, after the military successfully stopped short three major attacks of the insurgents aimed at marring the last Eid-el-Kabir celebration. During the operation, LEADERSHIP learnt that insurgents killed 18 civilians, while the military said it gunned down 40 of the attackers.
Acting Gov, CP, SSS Boss Escape Mob Attack In Zamfara
As the lingering insecurity situation in Zamfara State continues to worsen, the acting governor, Hon Sanusi Garba Rikiji, state police commissioner, Ahmad Ibrahim, the director State Security Services and other security chiefs narrowly escaped a mob attack last Friday in Birnin Magaji local government area of the state.
The incident occurred when the acting governor, who is also the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rikiji, in company of the security chiefs arrived Birnin Magaji town to commiserate with the families of three Fulanis killed by the communities of a nearby village, Tudun Kwaya, after suspecting them to be members of a criminal syndicate that had continuously attacked the village and robbed the community.
LEADERSHIP findings discovered from an impeccable source that the village community of Tudun Kwaya had on the eve of last Eid- el-Kabir, stormed the palace of the 2nd class emir of Binin Magaji, Alhaji Ahmad Umar Usman to complain that neighbouring Fulani settlers had persistently attacked the village, killing and robbing them of their property. The emir was said to have expressed dismay at this and pledged to do everything within his power to see that justice was done.
The complaint was registered a day after a group of Fulanis was alleged to have attacked and robbed the village community and escaped into their forest hideout. On this premise, the complainants threatened to take the law into their hands if nothing was done by the relevant authorities to stop the persistent attacks.
It was gathered that last Thursday, three Fulani youths were spotted by some members of the aggrieved village community and believing that they were part of the criminal syndicate, they immediately mobilised other members of the village and killed the three Fulanis and burnt their bodies.
Following the incident, Rikiji, in company of the security chiefs decided to visit the families of the deceased, to commiserate with them and offer food and financial assistance, after receiving a report on the case by the Fulani Miyatti-Allah Association.
It was gathered that the village community became angry, insisting that they too deserved a similar show of sympathy from government, in view of the persistent attacks and killing of their members by the Fulanis over a long period of time, without any sensitive response by the government to their plight.
The situation rapidly degenerated into tension, resulting in mob action against the visiting acting governor and the security chiefs in his company. The police commissioner and the other security chiefs narrowly escaped being lynched by the irate youths.
The acting governor's car was smashed, while the vehicles of other prominent personalities, including the military Hilux vans that accompanied the commandant of the Nigerian Army in Zamfara were also damaged.
In an effort to bring the situation under control, police shot live ammunition at the protesting youths. This resulted in the injury of six members of the community, but the safety of the police commissioner and other security chiefs was secured.
Sources close to the Birnin Magaji local authority quoted the emir as threatening to vacate his throne if each of the aggrieved parties was not given fair treatment as a pre-requisite for restoring peace in his domain
Confirming the incident, the State Police Command public relations officer, DSP Lawal Abdullahi, stated that the situation was being handled carefully, considering the calibre of personalities attacked, and economic loss as a result of the mob action.
He added that the police had begun investigation into the matter, saying that the force was ready to decisively deal with any person or group of people willing to take the law in to their hands.