Three communities, Kautikari, Kwada and
Nguragila villages near Chibok in Borno State, were attacked by boko Haram insurgents killing at least 56
people and razing numerous homes.
The militants, as reported were dressed in military
camouflage, stormed the three villages from 8:45 a.m. when many
Christians were at Sunday services. One source said the militants
arrived in the villages in a convoy of sports utility vehicles and
unleashed terror on villagers for several hours. Their killing spree
reportedly lasted till 12:30 p.m.
If we recall, few weeks ago, there
was panic in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno
State, following a letter purportedly written to them by
the sect members.
A top local government official in Chibok town, who did
not want his name in print revealed this to newsmen in
Maiduguri the Borno State capital on Sunday.
According to him, when they met the police with the
letter, they were assured of maximum protection.
A source Ibrahim Musa, a resident of Kautikari village, told
Sahara reporters that the attackers “locked worshipers inside the
EYN Church and sprayed bullets on them.” He disclosed that the
terrorist group killed nine worshipers and later set the church
Mr. Musa said the Islamist terrorists killed 38 people in Kwada
village and nine in Nguragila village. He added that the attackers
set fire to the EYN Church, the Deeper Life Church, and the Church
of Christ In Nations (COCIN). In addition, the terrorists burned
Manaseh Allen, a Chibok-based youth leader, also confirmed
the coordinated attacks on the three villages. “There is
confusion everywhere in the Chibok area,” he said, adding, “If the
attackers could succeed in day time, what if they come in the
night?” He urged the federal government to redouble its
commitment to combating terrorism.
He remarked that the three besieged villages are between 10 and
15 kilometers from Chibok, the location where Boko Haram
militants seized more than 300 schoolgirls on April 14. More than
200 of the schoolgirls are yet to be rescued.
Anonymous source said, “whenever Boko Haram members tell you that
they are coming, they never fail to come. Our fears now
is that we don’t know when and how they are going to
“We are calling for prayers as well as on government to
provide us with adequate security in Chibok”.