Villages in troubled parts of Borno State are in a seeming dilemma as their communities have been invaded by the terrorist group Boko Haram, who accuse them of aiding the Nigerian military.
Security sources have confirmed that insurgents invaded Kalari Abdiye village, in the Konduga area of Borno state, between 2:00 am and 3:00 am (0100-0200 GMT) on Saturday killing three people and injuring one other person for giving information to the military.
Meanwhile the military has also warned villagers that they would be in trouble if they failed to provide information on, or expose Boko Haram terrorists in their midst.
The warning was sent out by Brigadier General Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations after a recent attack on Magumeri village in Magumeri LGA of the state, in which a number of soldiers were killed.
A panel set up by the state government later revealed that other security agencies in the state, namely the police and DSS, as well as local vigilantes had provided useful information to the military to thwart the insurgents’ attack, but nothing was done.
In the latest attack on Kalari Abdiye village, a member of the civilian militia assisting troops, said three villagers had their throats cut while the fourth victim was left severely wounded.
The militia member also informed that the gunmen identified themselves as being from the Boko Haram faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, which has vowed to hit military and government targets.
“They singled out the four men whom they accused of collaboration with the military. They accused the men of passing information to the military,” he added, asking not to be identified.
“The gunmen took the men outside the village where they slaughtered three of the men.”
The member of the civilian militia informed that the gunmen also seized livestock from the nearby village of Dekete but “told the villagers not to panic, that they were not going to touch anyone”.
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