Officials say over 40 farmers have been killed by Boko Haram in Borno

Officials say over 40 farmers have been killed by Boko Haram in Borno

- A horrific incident has happened in Borno state, northeast Nigeria

- Terrorist group, Boko Haram, killed almost 50 farmers in one fell swop

- Some other reports say the farmers were actually beheaded by the dreaded terrorists

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Premium Times is reporting that 44 rice farmers have been killed by men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

According to the report, the farmers met their untimely death while harvesting their crops in Zabarmari, a Borno community known for rice farming.

Sources quoted in the report said the farmers were rounded up and summarily slaughtered by the armed insurgents.

Officials say over 40 farmers have been killed by Boko Haram in Borno
Governor Zulum has been vocal about the vulnerability of Borno citizens in recent times. Photo credit: @BornoGovt
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Hassan Zabarmari, a former chairman of a rice farmers association in Borno state, confirmed the incident via phone.

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His words:

“The farmers were attacked at the Garin-Kwashebe rice field, and according to reports reaching us since afternoon, about 40 of them were killed.
“But we have been receiving conflicting information on the casualty figures – some said it was up to 50 farmers that were slaughtered.”

Another news site, Human Angle, confirms that the farmers were actually beheaded by the terrorists.

Nigerians have been reacting to the horrific details of the mass murder by the terrorist group via social media.

Labva Empopson wrote on Twitter:

“Food scarcity looms... The beginning of famine is when farmers are not able to go to the farm. Thereby they can't bring food and farm products to the marketplace. Nigeria needs to do something drastically or else. We may become a pariah state.”

Okey James wrote:

“Mr. Zulum needs to step aside. He obviously is not in charge and of course, Buhari needs to go.”

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Ehiz Edokpa wrote:

“The most painful thing about this is that the people who committed this heinous crime will still come out and claim to be repented and will be pardoned.”

Olarewaju Dayo wrote:

“Nigerians brought this plague upon themselves... every indices against this country are is only God that can halt the ugly trend...and He will at the appointed time.”

Ndubuisi Okpara wrote:

“This is beyond terrible!”

Recall that the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report revealed that total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,245 in 2019, a 39 percent decline, making it the lowest in the country since 2011.

The GTI report, which was released on Wednesday, November 25 attributed the decline in terrorism deaths and incidents in the country to:

“A significant reduction in violence attributed to Fulani extremists.”

This year’s report, however, ranked Nigeria, for the sixth consecutive time, since 2015, as the third country with the worst impact from terrorism, globally.

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In a related development, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has condemned the incessant abductions and killings by bandits in northern Nigeria.

Alhaji Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigerian Muslims by virtue of his position as the president-general of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, made the comment on Thursday, November 26 at the 4th quarter 2020 meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja.

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