Gubio Death Toll Now 81, Village Head, Others Abducted


The Borno State government has confirmed that 81 people were killed in Gubio following Boko Haram attack on the Borno village on Tuesday.

The update was given in a statement on Wednesday after governor Babagana Zulum visited the area to commiserate with the people.

Mr. Zulum was informed that seven persons, including a village head, were abducted by the terrorists, the statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau, said.

It said a survivor informed the governor that “81 residents were killed during the attack on Tuesday with 13 persons injured and seven others, including village head, was abducted.

“While sympathising with the people over the attack, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum urged the Nigerian military to undertake a final onslaught that should put an end the insurgents in the shore of the Lake Chad.

Speaking to journalists in Gubio, Mr Zulum described what he saw on the ground as barbaric. “It is very unfortunate. The only solution to end this massacre is by dislodging the insurgents in the shores of Lake Chad. Doing so will require collaborative regional efforts.”

One survivor was quoted as having told the governor that the insurgents in gun trucks and armoured tanks, came around 10 a.m yesterday (Tuesday).

“They operated for about six hours and left around 4 p.m. They gathered us and said they wanted to deliver a religious sermon to us.

“They asked us to submit whatever arm we had. Some villagers gave up their dane guns, bow, and arrows. The insurgents pretended as if they were not there for any violence.

“Suddenly, they started shooting at will. Even children and women were not spared, many were shot at close range. Many started running. In the end, many persons were killed and we have been burying people from 10 p.m last night to about 6 a.m this morning.

“We have buried 49 corpses here while another 32 corpses were taken away by families from the villages around us. The insurgents abducted seven persons, including our village head. They went away with 400 cattle,” the survivor said.

The statement added that the casualty could higher because the survivors could not account for many of their relatives.

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