THE spate of blood-letting going on in the North East of the country continued last week with more deaths and blood flowing freely, allegedly leaving over 10,000, mainly women and children dead in just eight weeks!
ENCOMIUM Weekly takes you through the catalogue of bloody attacks by the Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram in the Borno mountainous villages of Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area which borders Cameroun and Chad Republic. The endless terror attacks have also left thousands injured, property worth billions of naira destroyed and over 50 communities and towns sacked.
HOW PETER BIYE CHEATS DEATH – Home town and church attacked
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Boko Haram attacked the country home of member of House of Representatives, Hon. Peter Biye. The sect attacked the lawmakers’ house and a church before carting away foodstuff, cash and other valuables. Not a few lost their lives after Boko Haram’s bloody attack.
Wala village is in Chibok, Gwoza and Damboa Federal Constituency, Borno State.
NIGERIAN ARMY’S BLOODY JAN. 9 COUNTER ATTACK LEAVES 40 INSURGENTS AND SOLDIERS DEAD
On Sunday, January 9, 2014, about 40 insurgents, including soldiers lost their lives when troops from 195 Battalion, Damboa, Borno battled Boko Haram.
8 KILLED IN SABON GARI, HAMBAGDA, JAJI WARD, GWOZA
The blood-letting continued in Gwoza, Borno on Saturday, January 11, with over eight people killed in Sabon Gari, Hambagda, Jaji Ward, Gwoza LGA of Benue. Unofficial figures alleged that the death toll was actually in hundreds.
MORE THAN FIVE SLAUGHTERED IN KAYAMULA VILLAGE, KONDUGA
Five people were also maimed and wasted in Kayamula Village of Konduga Borno on Sunday, January 12. Like the previous attack by Boko Haram, unofficial sources also claimed that more souls may have even perished in the bloody attack.
43 KILLED IN MAIDUGURI BOMB ATTACK!
On Tuesday, January 14, Boko Haram invaded Borno State again. This time, the General Post Office in the state capital, Maiduguri was bombed. 43 people died after the bomb blast.
BANKI POLICE STATION ATTACKED
The next day, Wednesday, January 15, insurgents invaded a police station in Banki, a town at the border with Cameroun. Official figures said only a policeman died.
12 PEOPLE KILLED IN GASHIGAR VILLAGE
On Thursday, January 16, 12 people were also killed in Gashigar Village in Mobbar Council Area of the state. Gashigar shares border with Niger Republic.
19 KILLED IN NGAWO FATE, ALAU, KONGUDA LGA
At least 19 people lost their lives on Wednesday, January 19, when the deadly Islamic sect struck in Ngawo Fat, Alau in Konduga LGA of Borno.
STAFF OF GOVERNMENT GIRLS SECONDARY SCHOOL, WUGO SHOT AND THREE OTHERS KILLED IN WALA, GWOZA
The harvest of deaths on Borno continued on Monday, January 20, with a staff of Federal Government Girls Secondary School, Wugo in Gamboru Ngala LGA, shot by insurgents. Similarly, three people were also killed in Wala Village, Gwoza LGA of the state that fateful day.
18 PEOPLE KILLED IN KAYA, NJABA
Tuesday, January 21, also witnessed the death of 18 persons. Eight were killed by armed men in Kaya Village in Damboa LGA while another 10 got killed in yet another terror-related attack in Njaba Village in the same council area.
INSURGENTS KILL 85 IN KAWURI, TWO IN GWOZA
Also on Friday, January 24, insurgents invaded Wala Village in Gwoza, Borno and killed two civilians.
Two days later, January 26, insurgents invaded Kawuri Village in Konduga Council Area and killed 85 residents.
SEVEN PASSENGERS BOMBED!
Launching a bomb attack through Improvised Explosive Devics (IEDs), insurgents attacked and killed seven bus passengers on Gwoza-Madagali Road on January 30.
THREE MORE PERSONS KILLED IN ASKIRA, UBA LGA
The early month of February also witnessed serious bombardment of insurgents hideouts at Bulabullin, Yujiwa, Alagarno Villages of Damboa axis of the state and inflicted heavy casualty on them.
But on Wednesday, February 5, the terrorists killed more people at a relaxation spot/beer parlour in Askira Uba Council Area. Seven more persons were also killed by insurgents in separate attacks in Chinene and Jebra Villaegs in Gwoza LGA.
62 ALSO KILLED IN KONDUGA
Again, on Tuesday, February 11, 62 people were killed in Konduga Council Area.
THE DEADLY BAGA ATTACK
On Valentine Day (Feb. 14), Boko Haram insurgents invaded Baga, a fishing community bordering Chad Republic. And over 10 people were slaughtered!
OVER 120 KILLED IN IZGE VILLAGE
More heads rolled on Sunday, February 16, in Izge Village in Gwazo LGA. This is prior to all ambush on the area where about nine soldiers were reportedly killed
INSURGENTS INVADE JTF COMMANDERS’ HOUSE
On Tuesday, February 18, Boko Haram invaded the country home of Major General Tukur Buratai in Buratai District, Biu LGA. The assailants attacked the family house of the army general and two guards. The general is currently the Commander of JTF in Niger Delta.
THE FEB. 19 BAMA MASSACRE
One of the worst attacks of the insurgents, the Wednesday, February 19 invasion of Bama, another village in Borno left over 100 people dead!
That same day, a counter attack by the military saw to the death of over 75 isnurgents.
Two days after, Saturday, February 22, two more persons were killed in Mairari Village in Konduga LGA of the state. One more person, a female student of Waka College in Biu LGA was slaughtered in a rented room (off campus) in Bubalwada ward.
40 KILLED IN MAINOK KAGA ATTACK
March ushered fresh spate of senseless killings in Borno with 40 people killed in Mainok Village, Kaga, the council headquarters of Beneshiekh.
THE MARCH 2 MAFIA KILLINGS
Also on Sunday, March 2, more than 36 people were killed in Mafa Council headquarters. There was a similar attack that left 15 people dead in Jakana Village in Konduga Council Area of Borno.
NIGERIAN SOLDIERS KILL OVER 200 INSURGENTS
The good news, however, is that gallant Nigerian military personnel have not been totally overpowered. Military sources claimed Sunday, March 9, 2014, that at least 210 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed so far as a combined forces of Nigerian military on a special operation began raids of Sambisa forest, which is the insurgents’ camp in Borno State.
“We are not claiming uhuru for now, but we are gradually penetrating Sambisa forest and so far over 210 armed Boko Haram terrorists have died as a result of a heated gun battle between our troops and terrorists at the peripheral of Sambisa,” the source said.
Also in the battle to liberate Borno from the insurgents are the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).
At least, over 50 insurgents have so far been arrested after Nigeria military renewed effort to contain Boko Haram’s deadly attacks.
KILLINGS, ADOPTION AND RAPE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN SPARK PROTEST
Some schools have been shut in the restive North East to prevent further attacks of Boko Haram targeting students. The Federal Ministry of Education has officially shut five federal government colleges. They would be relocated to less security risk areas.
These school children mainly from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe would be absorbed in other government colleges.
Last week, 43 students were shot and hacked to death when suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State.
Over 20 female students were abducted during the overnight attack while the whole school was burnt down!
Traumatized students have deserted the schools and colleges since the attack which was the latest against school children by the insurgents.
The Islamic sect, which is against Western education have burnt hundreds of schools in the last five years of insurgency. In Yobe State alone, over 209 schools have been razed, causing damage worth billions of naira. But police say they are doing all in their powers to prevent future school attacks.
In a recent protest led by human rights activist and President of Campaign for Democracy and Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, she decried the senseless killings of innocent children.
“We are deeply concerned about the senseless killings of innocent children in the North Eastern part of the country. We are also saddened that the ugly situation has been left to fester for too long.”
Some of the protesters’ placards read: Rescue the abducted girls; We reject the rape of our land and Enough of violence against our innocent children.
Though the military have launched serial attacks to flush out Boko Haram from the North, the blood-letting has continued, particularly in remote border areas. And the endless attacks by insurgents have raised serious concern over the ability of security services to protect lives and property of Nigerians, especially when the militants attack some parts of the country with impunity, leading to death of thousands and a colossal damage of infrastructure and businesses.