No fewer than thirty two persons were reportedly killed over last weekend, around Mudu village, some 45 kilometers away from Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.
This was Kala-Balge killings was confirmed by an aide to Borno State governor, Malam Isa Gusua, who clarified that the victims were not farmers as initially claimed by various sources and that 14 bodies have so far being recovered, while search is still ongoing to recover the remaining bodies.
Last weekend, Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists slaughtered 32 people in Mudu village, around 45 kilometers from Rann, the capital of Kala-Balge Local Government Area in Borno State.
In a statement to journalists on Wednesday from Maiduguri, Governor Babagana Zulum’s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, confirmed the figure.
Six people were injured, according to the statement, while two people were unharmed.
Malam Isa Gusua said; “Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is very disturbed by the unfortunate killing of fellow citizens at the weekend. Pending a full report, the governor was briefed by the Majority Leader of Borno State House of Assembly, Mohammed Dige, who represents Kala-Balge where the victims hailed from”, Gusau said.
“From the lawmaker’s briefing, a total of 32 youths are believed to have been killed by the insurgents. The youths were not farmers but highly enterprising young men engaged in gathering metals popularly called ‘Kayan Ajaokuta’ which are sold as raw materials for steel production.
“The victims were said to have gone to a deserted Mudu village in Dikwa LGA, which is 45 kilometers away from Rann in Kala-Bakge, in search of the raw materials; but in the process, they were unfortunately ambushed by the insurgents. Six persons were injured during the ambush while two escaped unhurt”, he added.
“A team of soldiers, alongside the Chairman of Kala-Balge LGA, on Tuesday, recovered 14 bodies of victims who were apparently tied and shot at close range”, the spokesman said.
“Governor Zulum shares deeply the pains of bereaved families and the good people of Kala-Balge and is awaiting full report by the end of today before necessary measures”, Gusau noted.
Source: Governor of Borno State’s Facebook Page.