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Governor Zulum joins burial of 43 farmers, awaits recovery of more bodies

Mr. Zulum, during his visit, was told that the death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.

• November 29, 2020
Babagana Zulum
Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum [Photo Credit: BBC]

Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum was at Zabarmari early morning on Sunday, to lead kinsmen and other residents, still in shock, for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Though the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area, famous for rice cultivation and local processing, they were attacked on Saturday, at Koshebe village, a place in Mafa Local Government Area.

Mr. Zulum, during his visit, was told that the death toll was yet to be fully ascertained.

“Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” a resident (name concealed, told the Governor).

Mr. Zulum addressed the bereaved community.

“First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some people are still missing,” he said. “We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.”

Mr. Zulum also told journalists that: “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. 

“Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, on one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents. This is very sad. 

“We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. 

“We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier condoled with the victims of the attack, saying he had provided enough support to the military.

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