At least four people, including a village head of Burbura ward in Pompomari general area of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, Bulama Ibrahim Aisami were slaughtered in their houses at the weekend by unknown gunmen.
The gunmen who invaded the area on Saturday at about 2am reports say slaughtered three of their victims, Mallam Zakariya Gwoza a bricklayer, Mallam Mustapha a serving policeman, and Mallam Kolo a retired policeman. It was learnt that when effort to slaughter the village head, Bulama Aisami failed, they shot him dead in the presence of his family members.
A neighbour to the slain serving policeman, Mustapha, who spoke on condition of anonility said, he heard strange voices in the compound, but because of the 6am to 9pm curfew imposed on the city, there was nothing they could do than to resort to prayer.
He added that, as early as 6am on Sunday, they were trapped in their house for about an hour when the men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, came and cordoned off the area.
He said, after the JTF cordoned off the area, they recovered the remains of the four victims and conveyed it to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital’s mortuary.
Another eyewitness said the gunmen who carried out the attack walked on foot with rifles, knives and cutlasses.
“When I peeped through my window yesterday at that time of the night, five people with rifles and other dangerous weapons walked to the house of the ward head (Bulama) and chanted, Allahu Akbar (God is great) before I started hearing people wailing and crying for help; two hours to the calls for the dawn prayers in the area,” he said.
Another resident disclosed that the ward head was said to have been attacked and killed by the Boko Haram gunmen, because he was alleged to be an informant to security agents on activities and hideouts of sect members in his Pompomari ward of Maiduguri.
He, however, said he heard several gunshots at the residences of the two policemen killed in the area, adding that; “the two policemen were feared shot dead in their houses, while the ward head and a bricklayer were slaughtered in their respective residences”.
The Borno State Police Command spokesman, Gideon Jibrin while confirming the multiple killings on Sunday said there were early morning attacks on the residences of a ward head and two policemen in Pompomari ward.
He said apart from the killing of the village head, one civilian and two police officers were feared killed in the 2.30am attacks by suspected hoodlums. [VN]