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Insurgents Attack: Gov. Zulum Visits Gubio Village, Told 81 Died, Several Others Abducted


BokoGov. Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday travelled to Faduma Kolomdi village in Gubio local government area, scene of a deadly attack by Boko Haram.

Faduma Kolomdi, a nomadic village, is located 35 kilometres in the north of Gubio, the headquarters of Gubio local Government area.

A survivor told Zulum that 81 residents were killed during the attack on Tuesday with 13 persons injured and seven others, including village head was abducted.

While sympathising with the the people over the attack, Zulum urged the Nigerian military to undertake a final onslaught that should put an end the insurgents in the shore of the lake Chad.

The governor who evacuated five injured persons in his convoy to Maiduguri, described the attack as babaric and unfortunate.

“Last year, about same number of people were killed in Gajiram like it happened again. This is barbaric. It is very unfortunate.

“The only solution to end this masacare is by dislodging the insurgents in the shores of Lake Chad. Doing so will require collaborative regional efforts,” Zulum said.

A male adult ( name witheld for security reason) told Zulum that the insurgents arrived in trucks and armoured tanks.

“The insurgents in gun trucks and armored tanks, came around 10am yesterday (Tuesday).  They operated for about six hours and left around 4pm.

“They gathered us and said they wanted to deliver religious sermon to us. They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their dane guns, bow and arrows. The insurgents pretended as if they were there for any violence. Suddenly, they started shooting at will.

“Even children and women were not spared, many were shot at close range. Many started running. At the end, many persons were killed.

“We have been burying people since from 10:00pm last night to about 6am this morning. We have buried 49 corpses here while another 32 corpses were taken away by families from the villages around us.

“The insurgents abducted seven persons including our village head,” he said.

It was observed, that the insurgents did not set the place ablaze as they often did in other attacks.

A resident from a neighboring village corroborated what Zulum was told by the survivor.

According to Mallam Isa Gusau the spokesman of the governor, there were fears that the casualties could be higher than 81 since tracing was ongoing.

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