The massacre is reported to have taken over 150 lives. Homes numbering over 200 were set ablaze. According to reports, Fulani herdsmen arrived at the Christain dominated town at about 10pm on Friday and began their killing and burning operation till 3am Saturday morning – when the Nigerian military arrived.
247ureports A surviving eyewitness, who spoke 247ureports.com through the telephone, stated that the Fulani attackers were about 40 in number and were armed with dangerous knives, guns and other unidentifiable equipment. The survivor said that the attackers began with setting homes on fire – with the occupants. “Those who tried to escape were butchered or gun down”. He added that many of the dead, died as a result of fire.
It took the arrival of the Nigerian military at 4am for the supposed Fulani herdsmen to depart the area by 3am. This was according to a source who also noted that the military upon arrival refused to enter the bushes to comb the area for escaping Fulani attackers. He said the military only occupied the affected community – without taking proactive measures to hunt after the culprits.
It is recalled that in 2012, a similar attack was recording in the neighboring town of Dongondaya in Plateau State – where over 140 persons were butchered over night by supposed Fulani attackers. Both towns share a border – and both attack share striking similarities.
In 2011, according to security reports leaked out of from Abuja, a plan by unknown persons hiding under the guise of Fulani herdsmen were said to be on the offing – to be used to terrorize the Christian communities with the northern middle belt communities – suck southern Kaduna, communities in Plateau and others.
Sunday News Watch At the same time, Maiduguri, Borno, for the second day in a row, came under attacks from members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, who renewed their onslaught, having been repelled by the military on Friday. Fleeing members of Boko Haram reportedly regrouped on Saturday morning to launch another attack in Maiduguri, despite the 24-hour curfew imposed by the military authorities.
he Nigerian Air Force had engaged the sect through the use of fighter jets in its continued battle to dislodge the terrorists. Sunday Newswatch gathered that the military resorted to the air raid option when it became obvious that the sect had started regrouping. It was learnt that Boko Haram was regrouping around the country’s borders towards Bama in Borno State.
Al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram has killed thousands in an almost five-year-long insurgency aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the religiously diverse country of about 170 million people.