Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of the State of Borno, was in Zabarmari early on Sunday morning to lead relatives and other people, still in shock, to the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the insurgents of Boko Haram.
While the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government District, renowned for rice farming and local manufacturing, they were targeted in Koshebe village, a site in Mafa Local Government Area, on Saturday.
During his visit, Zulum was informed that the death toll had not yet been fully verified.
As you have seen here, Your Excellency, 43 corpses were buried, but others were not removed from the scene of the incident. No one can tell you the exact number of people killed. “Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” (name concealed, told the Governor).
Zulum addressed the community of the bereaved;
Accept, first of all, my deepest sympathy for this carnage, once again, which conscientiously affects us all and every human being. I’m told that some individuals are still missing. Since yesterday we have been discussing with the military, Insha Allah, the remaining people will soon be traced.
“While speaking to journalists, the Governor said It is disheartening that more than 40 people were slaughtered while working on their farmlands.
Our people are in very tough circumstances, they are in two drastic positions, on the one hand, they remain at home they could be killed by starvation and hunger, on the other hand, they go out to their farmlands and risk being killed by the insurgents. It’s really sad.
We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure enrollment of more of our youngsters in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian Army and the Civil Defence so that they can form the basis of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. To protect farmlands, we need a lot of boots, and our youth understand the terrain. “We are not going to lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the uprising,” Zulum said.