Posted by Uthman Abubakar & Olatunji Omirin, Maiduguri | 8 September 2017 | 1,177 times
Residents of Damboa town, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, have decried incessant killing of farmers in their farmlands.
The residents say insurgents have killed 21 farmers in separate locations in the area in the last two weeks.
These killings began last Thursday when the insurgents attacked and killed 17 farmers at Bula Buba and Tawarmada village, some five kilometres away from Damboa town.
It was gathered that the attacks took place at adjoining villages near Damboa and it was not reported due to lack of communication facilities.
Bukar Usamna, a farmer in Damboa town, said the farmers could no longer go to their farms for fear of being attacked by insurgents.
“The world didn’t know what we are going through here. We left IDPs camp to come and start our lives but Boko Haram keep killing us. We buried 17 farmers on Saturday. We can’t go 10 kilometres away from Damboa without encountering insurgents,” Bukar said.
At Mirimari village on the fringes of Sambissa forest about four kilometres to Damboa on Saturday, insurgents killed farmers in their farmlands.
A local vigilante who participated in the search for the corpses of the farmers, complained of the attacks becoming too rampant in Damboa, urging the security agencies to save the souls of the residents.
He said, “On Sunday, one of the survivors came and told us about the attack. We swung into action but before we could get there, the damage had been done. We saw two corpses and in the nearby brushes we found two others. Although the troops are trying, more can be done because people need to farm now so that they can have some food reserve against dry season.” (Daily Trust)
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