BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
Barely two hours when governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the people of Mafa Local Government Area which came under deadly attacks by suspected Boko Haram terrorists last Monday, another set of terrorists re- invaded the council headquarters at about 4:45 PM and destroyed the remaining structures on ground after killing and injured many people.
Mafa came under deadly attacks last Monday where about 39 innocent civilians were killed, as the local government secretariat, schools, mosque, houses, shops, vehicles and telecommunication masts among others were burnt by the terrorist.
Our correspondent gathered from a reliable source that governor Shettima who yesterday hosted three of the north east governors of Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba on a sympathy visit over the rampant killings and bombings of innocent civilians last Monday visited Ajilari Binta Shuga, a scene of the Saturday twin explosions that had claimed over 40 lives in the metropolis, and later went to Mafa after seeing off his guests at the airport in Maiduguri and condoled the residents over the unfortunate attack on their town before donating N100 million as palliative measures to the victims.
The source added that immediately after governor Shettima’s convoy left Mafa Council headquarters, the sect re-ambushed Mafa and it’s environs which left many people dead and several others injured.
A Security source also confirmed to our Correspondent that the gunmen numbering over 30 first ambushed a security patrol vehicles that were on their way to Marte Local Government Area where they exchanged gunfire with the troops before invading Mafa and other surrounding villages.
Although the actual number of casualties from both sides of the terrorists, innocent civilians and security agencies is not clear, sources said, many people including the terrorists have been killed in the encounter.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer ( DSP) Gideon Jubrin said he is not aware of the incident, but Governor Shettima’s Media aide, Isa Umar Gusau said, “there was a reported explosion at the outskirt of Mafa town on Wednesday some hours after the governor paid a sympathy visit to the council headquarters on Wednesday over the Boko Haram deadly attack last Monday”.