NO fewer than 12 persons were reported to have been killed at Tashan Alede and Kwajjafa Villages, when suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the two villages on Saturday night and Sunday morning, respectively.
Tashan Alede and Kwajjafa Villages in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State are about 234 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to the reports, the attack at Tashan Alede occurred on Saturday at about 11:00 p.m., during which 8 persons were killed at a bachelor’s eve party, while Kwajjafa was attacked on Sunday during which four persons were killed.
Nigerian Tribune reports that there were earlier reports that the Islamic militants were planning to attack Marama, Garkida, Shaffa and Kwajjafa, which happen to be Christian dominated areas.
Mallam Isuwa Hyelkuzuku, a resident of Kwajjafa, who spoke with our correspondent on the attack, said they were not surprised that the sect attacked Christian villages following a video message released on Friday purportedly by the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, who claimed responsibility for the attacks on Maiduguri NAF base, Kur Mohammed barracks in Bama, among others.
“We heard on the radio and read in the newspapers that Boko Haram is fighting a religious war according to their leader, Shekau, and they are targetting christians. I don’t know if Christianity or Islam is written on the faces of adherents of the religions. Those killed were not all Christians. If their claim of fighting for Islam is right what wrong has Christianity done to Islam that they are waging this war? I believe this madness was borne out of sheer hatred for humanity from the pit of hell. God will not allow them to succeed,” he said.
It is recalled that in that video release, the sect leader said they are the warriors of Islam and are waging a religous war on Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and Christians.
Shekau’s words: “This is to show our Muslim brethren that victory comes from Allah. This is just a tip of the iceberg regarding the booty Allah has blessed us with, the booty which took our brothers day and night to cart away.
“Our fighters stormed Bama (military) barracks. Allah threw them (troops) into confusion through some servants of Allah who dedicated themselves to Allah.
“Allah finished them. They bragged, they said whatever pleased them to the extent of claiming they had cleansed Bama, now that they have stick-wielding vigilantes. Even Jonathan praised them, saying Bama is steadfast.
“It is in the same Bama that our brothers pulverised 21 armoured tanks. People in multitudes were killed, bodies scattered all over. The sight would astonish any onlooker.
“Soldiers hid under blankets in their rooms and our fighters pursued them and blew out their brains.
“Had Allah allowed us to eat them we would have eaten them but we are not cannibals because we are not spirits or animals.
“As for killing, we will kill, (for) Allah says we should decapitate, we should amputate the limbs, we should mutilate.
“This is a victory from Allah, that is why the title of this message is ‘Victory from Allah’.
“We were amazed by the victory in Damaturu, then a greater victory was achieved in Maiduguri and now Bama operation is better than Maiduguri. And tomorrow we will go to… (laughter and shouts of Allahu Akbar in the background).
“By Allah, if you want to secure peace in this world you should repent.
“My brethren, we should thank Allah. They try to brainwash the people that we are fighting an ethnic war. No, we are fighting a religious war, we are fighting Jonathan, we are fighting Christians.
“This is a bounty placed on me (brandishing a flyer with his picture), that whoever finds me and takes me to Jonathan, will be given N50 million.
“What is N50 million. Do you know what we are doing? Your armoured tank is worth more than N50 million and we burn it. Haven’t we burnt your aircraft? What is N50 million? We do not worship money. As for he who is in our midst for money, Allah has taken care of him. Hypocrites who lived with the prophet could not harm him. You can’t in anyway harm me.
“Even America has placed $7 million ransom (on my head) if you arrest and take me.
“It is difficult indeed. The way you hide Jonathan in Aso Rock and hide Obama in White House, so does Allah hide me under his protection. You are with Jonathan and Obama, while I’m with Allah. Let’s play then.”
For now, there was no official reports from the 7 Division Nigerian Army or the police on the attack, but residents of Kwajjafa and Tashan Alede Villages, who lost one relation or the other, were being prayed for in churches in Maiduguri as they travelled back home to the village to bury their loved ones, who died in the attacks.
Gunmen injure 50, cart away over 300 animals in Zamfara
Also, gunmen numbering about 100 attacked a remote village in Kaura Namoda Local Government of Zamfara State, injured about 50 villagers and stole over 300 animals.
An impeccable source, who pleaded for anonymity told the Nigerian Tribune that the attack took place around 2.00 a.m. last Friday morning.
According to the source, the gunmen stormed the village with AK 47 rifles, long knives and sticks.
“They ordered the villagers to bring out their animals. Those that proved difficult were mercilessly beaten and injured, the source disclosed.
Findings gathered revealed that the gunmen injured about 50 villagers and stole 300 cows and over 100 sheep and goats.
As at the time of filing this report, about 40 of the injured villagers had been hospitalised at the Kaura Namoda General Hospital, while 10 people have been discharged.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Lawal Abdullahi, confirmed the attack.
He said the State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Bichi, had directed the police to comb the entire forest.
DSP Abdullahi solicited the co-operation of the general public to come with vital information that could lead to the arrest of the criminals.