EIGHTY-THREE people were killed and over 300 houses razed on Monday in separate Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Adamawa states.
In Adamawa, the gunmen were said to have attacked a church in Chakawa village of Madagali Local Government Area of the state, killing scores, including two policemen.
In Kawuri village of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, a soldier and 62 others were killed by the gunmen.
Malam Salisu, one of the escaped residents of Kawuri village now taking refuge in Maiduguri, the state capital, while speaking with newsmen, put the number of insurgents that attacked his village at over 50.
Salisu said the incident happened around 5.00 p.m on Sunday, a market day in the area, with over 300 residential buildings and shops razed in the attack, after a soldier and 62 civilians were killed, with several others, including security operatives, left wounded.
Many traders and residents who he said sustained burnt injuries were receiving treatment at Konduga General Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
Nigerian Tribune recalled that in the last one week, 37 communities of Kwaljiri, Kaya, Ngawo Fate, Limanti, Njaba, Yahuri, Mude, Wala and Alau, among others in Damboa, Konduga and Gwoza council areas had been sacked by terrorists, leaving displaced residents taking refuge in some neighbouring villages.
Speaking on the incident on Monday, the state Police Commissioner, Mr Lawal Tanko, confirmed the incident, adding that he was, however, yet to receive details on the number of casualties.
“I received an intelligent information that Kawuri town was attacked by Boko Haram sect suspected to be on a revenge mission on market day (Sunday), where many civilians were killed, while several others were left with serious burnt wounds before they set the whole place on fire. We have deployed our men in the area and very soon, I will feed you with details,” he said.
On the number of casualties from the side of his officers and men, Tanko said some of his men were wounded in the attack, but, however, said none was killed.
In Yola, Adamawa State, many people, including two policemen, were feared killed as gunmen suspected attacked a church in Chakawa village.
Some residents of the affected village, who fled the area, told newsmen that they were attacked by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members during Sunday service in the morning.
“They used explosives during the attack on worshippers and many people lost their lives,” local villagers recounted their ordeals.
“I cannot actually say how many people were killed, but I learnt that there are about 16 people evacuated from the church,” one of the residents, who identified himself as Apogu, said.
Another resident claimed that some houses were also attacked by the gunmen, who took some men hostage, while two policemen on guard in the church were killed instantly.
“I saw some people crying, saying their relations had been taken away as hostages by the gunmen,” the resident, who preferred anonymity, said.
Attempt to get the military and police authorities in the area to comment on the incident failed.
A soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity told newsmen that nine people lost their lives during the attack.
Military authorities in the sate promised to speak on the issue later, even as the chairman of Madagali Local Government Area, Maina Ularamu, confirmed the attack, but declined the civilian casualties.
LG boss’ wife, kid kidnapped in Kogi
Seven unknown gunmen, on Sunday evening, kidnapped the wife and two-year-old child of chairman of Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State, Mr Salihu Adaviruku.
The gunmen, each with AK-47 rifle, stormed the house of Adaviruku, located on Kuroko at about 8.05 p.m, saying they were looking for money.
The gunmen, believed to be trailing the chairman, reportedly entered the premises of Adaviruku, who was coming from an outing, as soon as the gate was opened.
The wife, Hasiya and daughter, Zafirah, who would be two in March, were watching television in the sitting room when the gunmen entered the house.
They later went inside and kidnapped the wife and the daughter, while demanding for N50 million ransom before they would be released.
Narrating his ordeal, Adaviruku said “as l was driving home on Sunday evening, l never knew some people were trailing me, but as soon as the gate was opened, they entered and began to shout for money, saying they did not come to kill.
“When they could not get anything from me, they entered and took away my wife and daughter,” he said.
Adaviruku, still in shock, said he had reported the case to the police, adding that up till now, the kidnappers had not contacted him.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Timpa Rendegha, said as soon as the state commissioner was informed, he sent an 18-man squad to the council to rescue the victims.
The police spokesman said at the scene of incident, a Ghana-must-go bag containing AK-47 rifle and 88 rounds of ammunition were found.