Shet­tima con­firms killing of 31 fish­er­men by Boko Haram

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Gov­er­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State yes­ter­day con­firmed that Boko Haram in­sur­gents had killed 31 fish­er­men at Baga in Kukawa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area.

Shet­tima made the con­fir­ma­tion at the pre­sen­ta­tion of re­lief ma­te­ri­als do­nated by the Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity of West African States (ECOWAS) to the In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons in Maiduguri.

He 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 face 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 News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that the in­sur­gents had at­tacked and killed 31 fish­er­men in sep­a­rate at­tacks be­tween Aug.5 and Aug.6 in Baga.

It was re­ported that the in­ci­dent oc­curred at Duguri and DabarWan­zam fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Kukawa Lo­cal Govern­ment Area.

An anony­mous 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 source noted that the at­tack came barely four weeks af­ter the fish­er­men re­turned to Baga and re­sumed fish­ing.

NAN re­ports that the lift­ing of ban on fish­eries by the mil­i­tary at­tracted thou­sands of fish­er­men to the area. (NAN)

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