The Borno bloodletting

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By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

Borno State has witnessed serial Boko Haram attacks since the beginning of this year. The attacks were mostly executed in the villages of Borno, the Sambisa forest and the  mountainous villages of Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala council areas which share borders with Cameroon and Chad Republic.

The attacks, which claimed hundreds of lives, left thousands others injured and property worth billions of Naira destroyed.  The attacks seem to be endless.
The terrorists have been described by Governor Kashim Shettima as better motivated to hold everybody in Borno State to ransom, as,  according to him, Nigerian security operatives, including the military forces, are incapable of fighting or challenging the insurgents in the North-east sub region”.

Ruined motorcycles at local drinking joint in Dalla Maiduguri, where a bomb was detonated sunday evening. NAN photo

Ruined motorcycles at local drinking joint in Dalla Maiduguri, where a bomb was detonated sunday evening. NAN photo

Shettima’s statement could be interpreted  to mean that the terrorists have better weapons than our security agencies, and that is why, anytime they strike, they overawe our security forces and  civilians.
Following the attacks, about 50 communities and towns in Borno State have been sacked/displaced in the last two months.

The Boko Haram killings since January 2014 in Borno total 852.  The breakdown, according to Sunday Vanguard findings, are as follows:-
3rd January: Nine people killed in Kayamula village of Konduga LGA.

8th January: In Wala, the country home of member representing Chibok, Gwoza and Damboa federal constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Peter Biye, attackers destroyed the lawmaker’s house, a church before carting away foodstuffs, etc.

9th January: 38 insurgents and  one soldier lost their lives when troops of 195 Battalion, Damboa battled insurgents.
11th January: Eight people were killed in Sabon Gari of Hambagda Jaji Ward of Gwoza LGA.
12th January: Five people killed in Kayamula village in Konduga.

14th January: 43 people killed in a bomb blast at the general area of Post Office in Maiduguri metropolis.
15th January: Insurgents attacked a police station in Banki, a town at the border with Cameroon Republic, and killed one policeman.

16th January: 12 people were killed in Gashigar village in Mobbar Council Area. Gashigar shares border with Niger Republic.
19th January: 19 people were killed in Ngawo Fate, Alau in Konduga LGA.

20th January: One member of staff of Government Girls Secondary School, Wulgo in Gamboru Ngala L.G.A was shot dead.
20th January: Three persons were killed in Wala village in Gwoza LGA.

21st January: Eight persons were killed in Kaya village in Damboa LGA.
21st January: 10 persons were killed in Njaba village in Damboa LGA.
24th January: Military troops had an encounter with fleeing terrorists along Firgi- Gwoza Road during which four of the terrorists were killed.

24th January: Insurgents invaded Wala village in Gwoza council area and killed two civilians.
26th January: Insurgents invaded Kawuri village in Konduga council area and killed 85 residents.
30th January: Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on Gwoza -Madagali Road killed seven bus passengers.

From 1st to 4th February: 75 Strike Group of NAF Yola “raided some identified Boko Haram hideouts at Bulabullin, Yujiwa, Alagarno villages of Damboa axis of the state and inflicted heavy casualty on  insurgents”.
5th February: Three persons killed at a relaxation spot/ beer parlour in Askira Uba council area.
10th February: Seven persons killed by insurgents in separate attacks in Chinene and Jebra villages in Gwoza L.G.A.

11th February: 62 people killed in Konduga council area.
14th February: 10 killed in Baga in Kukawa council area.  Baga is a fishing community bordering Chad Republic.
16th February: 106 people killed in Izge village in Gwoza L.G.A. This is prior to an ambush on Izge where about nine soldiers were killed.

18th February: Insurgents invaded the country home of Major General Tukur Buratai in Buratai District, Biu LGA.  The assailants attacked the the family house of the army general and killed two guards. The general is currently the Commander of JTF in the oil rich Niger Delta.

19th February: Over 100 persons were killed in Bama LGA
19th February: About 75 insurgents were killed in Bama council area by military airstrikes while attempting to flee after an attack.
22nd February: Two persons were killed in Mairari village in Konduga LGA.

28th February: One female student of Waka College in Biu LGA was slaughtered in a rented room (off campus) in Bubalwada ward.
1st March: Over 70 people were killed in twin explosions in Ajilari Railway Cross, Gomari general area of Maiduguri metropolis.

1st March:  40 people were killed in Mainok village, Kaga, the council headquarters of Beneshiekh.
2nd March: 36 people were killed in Mafa council headquarters.
3rd March: About 15 were killed in Jakana village in Konduga council area.
5th March: A clash between terrorists and security operatives in Mafa General Area left many terrorists killed.


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