Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members have killed dozens of villagers along Gulumba-Dikwa road in Dikwa local government area of Borno State.
Dikwa is about 85km away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The gunmen, who were kitted in Army uniform, laid ambush on the lonely rural highway on Thursday, where they stopped every vehicle, ordered the passengers to disembark and then purportedly shot those they didn’t like their faces.
A very lucky trader, who recounted his encounter with the merchants of death, said he was allowed to live because he was not coming from Maiduguri, the Borno capital.
“They wore uniforms like soldiers; we thought they were genuine military personnel, but when they shot some people dead, it dawned on us that we were in trouble”, the trader, who simply identified himself as Abba said.
“They stopped eight commercial taxis and shot many of the passengers before leaving with the vehicles”, another source said.
The state police commissioner, Lawan Tanko, who confirmed the incident, said “I am yet to get the detailed report from my DPO, but the incident happened”.