Tragic strikes in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, as suspected members of the Islamist group Boko Haram beheaded seven farmers. The farmers were targeted while working on a farm in the village of Molai, located approximately 5 kilometers from Maiduguri.
Sainna Buba, a former commissioner for youths and sports who now oversees the security and protection of local farmers, confirmed the killings. The victims were laid to rest on Friday morning after an Islamic funeral service.
Abudulmumeen Bulama, a member of the civilian vigilante group known as Civilian-JTF, recounted the horrifying scene. Despite being shot at, one farmer managed to escape and alert others to the attack. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered a gruesome sight: some victims had their throats slit from behind, while others were entirely beheaded. Mr. Bulama struggled to contain his tears as he shared the details.
The local farming community is deeply concerned about their safety in light of this incident. Bagoyin Adam, a farmer, expressed the prevailing sentiment that attacks on farmers or lumberjacks have become distressingly frequent, despite their efforts to cultivate food for the region.
In response to these security challenges, the Borno State government recently initiated a large-scale return-to-farm program, which includes the provision of approximately 300 tractor trucks. The program aims to enhance food security and reduce reliance on external food assistance in an area heavily affected by the ongoing insurgency.
This attack is the latest in a series of violent incidents perpetrated by the terrorist group in the region. Over the past decade, Boko Haram has caused the deaths of thousands of people and displaced millions more, inflicting immense suffering on the local population.
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