Borno massacre would have been averted if Military intervened after we raised alarm-Residents reveal

Residents of Zabarmari, Borno State have frowned at the failed intervention of the Nigerian Military to avert the recent killings after raising alarm to them.

One of the surviving villagers, who gave his name as Abubakar Salihu, said they foresaw danger after they arrested one of the Boko Haram terrorists and handed him to security operatives.

“We informed military beforehand that our members sighted Boko Haram in large numbers but nothing was done about it.

“It was a sad day for us in Zabarmari; it could have been averted but the military failed to act on the information we gave them,” he said.

Another rice farmer, Mohammed Alhaji, said the victims were busy harvesting rice when the insurgents summoned and assembled them.

“It was a deliberate act to ensure that we do not harvest our farm produce. We need the federal government to assist us and secure our lives,” he said.

Recall,the attack came on Saturday, as Boko Haram terrorists rounded up farmers on rice fields and slit their throats or beheaded them.

The Military has stated that a total 43 bodies were recovered in one location after the attack but bodies recovered from other locations have raised the death toll to 110, according to UN report.

(DAILY TIMES)