SOME unknown gunmen, suspected to be members of the deadly Boko Haram sect, on Wednesday night, laid a siege to Garubula village in Biu Local
Government Area of Borno State and killed the District Head, Alhaji
Ibrahim Dawi and 11 others.
A resident of the area, Mallam Idrisa Garubula, who spoke to
journalists on the telephone on Thursday, revealed that the
gunmen stormed the village at about 11pm on Wednesday and
shot sporadically at the villagers.
This, according to him, made some residents, who were already
asleep, jumped out of bed and fled to nearby bushes.
He said when the gunshots stopped, the district head was found in
the pool of his blood.
“The District Head was shot by the gunmen on his head and was
however rushed to the Biu General Hospital, where he was
confirmed dead. He was buried on Thursday morning, according to
Islamic rites in Biu, the headquarters of Biu Local Government
Area of the state.
“The Federal Government should do something urgently before the
terrorists take over the area, the terrorists have succeeded in
sending away the people of Damboa and other communities in
Madafuma, Mandaragirau in Biu council area. If something is not
done urgently, they would also sack our community, which is not
good for the nation more especially during the rainy season when
farmers plant farm produce, ” he said.
Garubula lamented the way the village was left open to the
attackers by the government.
A dissatisfied resident of the village lamented that during the
attack, there was no presence of security operatives in the area,
which gave the hoodlums the opportunity to execute their mission
without any resistance.
Another resident of the area, who did not want his name in print,
said, “The gunmen stormed the village in a pick-up van and
motorcycles and opened fire on the people sporadically, killing the
District Head and 11 others.”
He called on the Federal Government to do something urgently so
as to end the insurgency before it spread to other parts of the
country. He pointed out that the insecurity had affected lives of
innocent citizens, with property worth billions of naira destroyed.
All attempts made to get the spokesman of the Borno State Police
Command, DSP Gideon Jubrin, to speak on the incident was
unsuccessful, as he could not be reached for comments.