A wave of terror swept through parts of Chibok Local Government Area (LGA) yesterday, Dec. 19, as Boko Haram terrorists launched a brazen attack on a village, leaving two individuals dead and the community in disarray.
Gunshots first rang out at approximately 7 p.m., sending shockwaves through Pemi, the attacked village, located 17km away from the headquarters of Chibok LGA in Borno state, North East Nigeria.
The police in the Borno state command confirmed the sad incident, which is coming a few days before Christmas.
Eyewitnesses recounted how villagers fled into the nearby bushes, seeking refuge as the attackers descended upon homes, looting food items before setting houses ablaze.
“We lost two people who died of gunshots during the attack,” a witness known as Pona said, highlighting the grim toll exacted by the assault.
Confirming the events, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Nahum Daso, said a joint effort by the military and local police successfully repelled the attack.
“Unfortunately, two persons were killed: one named Mr Badi, aged 75, and the other named Ngule, aged 45,” DSP Daso lamented. “But the situation has returned to normal.”
Since 2020, when the Pemi community suffered its first major attack during a Christmas event, the agrarian village has recorded several other isolated attacks, with the last reported one occurring in late January 2022.
In a separate but chilling incident on the same night, a group of suspected Boko Haram terrorists launched an attack on a military sentry post at Muna, located on the outskirts of Maiduguri. The assailants, in a brazen attempt to inflict harm on the soldiers, set the security post ablaze.
However, the attack was effectively repelled as soldiers and operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) lay in ambush, confronting the departing attackers.
“In the ensuing exchange, one of the leaders of the failed expedition was neutralised after being found with two hand grenades and two loaded magazines,” said a CJTF operative, Abba Musa.
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