- The problem of insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the north is yet to be solved
- While the people of Pemi in Chibok LGA, Borno state were preparing for Christmas, suspected Boko Haram insurgents struck
- Report has it that a church was burnt down, houses and cars were also razed
Tragedy has struck again in Borno state as suspected Boko Haram members attacked Chibok local government area on Christmas eve.
According to a report on The Cable, the insurgents killed six people and burnt down the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria in Pemi, a ward under Chibok LGA.
The attack came on Thursday, December 24, while the villagers were getting ready for the celebration of Christmas.
Some of the villagers told The Cable that about six cars and five other houses belonging to the church were razed.
One of the villagers said:
“The insurgents came in around 5:30 pm through Gogombi.
“They came in batches of two. The first came in with a motorcycle while the other came in heavy vehicles. As soon as they entered the village, they started shooting sporadically and towards the EYN church.
“Then they set it on fire. They also torched six cars and five other buildings around the church. Some of us ran to the bush, but unfortunately six people were killed in the attack. Christians were to observe Christmas prayers in the church this morning.”
According to the report, soldiers from 117 task force battalion in Chibok were mobilised and arrived at the scene after the insurgents had finished wreaking havoc and left.
A source said it was probably due to the distance as Pemi is about 17 kilometres away from Chibok.
Things have returned to normal as the military is making efforts to secure the general area of Chibok.
As at the time of filing the report, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Sagir Musa, is yet to respond to a message seeking an update on the attack.
Another attack in Zamfara
On the same day, Garkida town in Gombi local government area of Adamawa state was reportedly attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.
A source who escaped the attack told Daily Trust that community members had to hide in the bush to avoid being harmed by the insurgents.
Pray for soldiers fighting insurgency
Meanwhile, Nigeria's defence minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), sent an important message to Christians ahead of Christmas celebrations.
Magashi called on Christians as they celebrate the birth of Christ to pray for Nigeria to overcome its security challenges.
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