- The defence headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed that 81 people were recently killed by Boko Haram in Borno state
- The defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche, made the disclosure on Friday, June 12
- Enenche also said 40 people in Katsina were killed by bandits because residents in the area had informed the military about the location of the attackers
The defence headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed that the killing of 81 people in Borno recently was a revenge attack by insurgents on the people for revealing their locations to the Nigerian military.
The defence spokesman, Major General John Enenche, told Channels TV on Friday, June 12, that another killing of 40 people in Katsina was also carried out by bandits because residents in the area had informed the military about the location of the attackers.
He said the fight against insecurity in the north was facing challenges from lack of intelligence.
The spokesperson pointed out that fight against insurgency would have recorded more progress if there was cooperation from communities and localities where insurgents operate.
Enenche said intelligence played a key role in the successes recorded by other countries in the fight against insurgency.
Meanwhile, the residents of the Mazoji and Sarkin Fulani Fafu village have been thrown into mourning following the murder of the village head, Malam Dikko Usman, by men suspected to be bandits.
Late Usman was reportedly murdered on Friday evening, June 12, in his residence in Mazoji ward in Matazu local government area in Katsina state, Daily Trust reported.
Legit.ng gathered that suspected armed bandits turned the village into commotion as they headed to the residence of the late village head and killed him.
The late traditional ruler, until his death, worked with the dental department at Kankia General hospital. Usman's brother confirmed the incident on Saturday, June 13, saying the late traditional ruler had unknowingly sheltered the suspected bandits.
The attack that led to his murder came barely two weeks after suspected armed bandits invaded Yantumaki village in Danmusa Local government area of Katsina state and killed the district head, Abubakar Atiku Maidabino.
In another report, a popular political activist, Shehu Sani, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for saying bandits and insurgents were taking advantage of the COVID-19 restrictions to attack people.
The former Senator in a statement on Friday, June 12, said the government must own up to its inability to protect the lives of people.
He said the recent killings in parts of the north were due to evident government failures
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