The over 43 rice farmers who were beheaded by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State have been laid to rest today, Sunday, November 29.
Governor Babagana Zulum while speaking to newsmen on the killings said:“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, in 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 the recruitment of more of 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” he added
“First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with a conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.” he said.
The tragic incident happened on Saturday at Koshebe village in Mafa Local Government Area, while the farmers were working in a rice field. However, the victims reportedly live in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of the state.