About seven women were abducted with three other persons killed after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members on Monday attacked a village in the southern part of Borno State, witnesses and the police have said.
It was gathered that the incident took place in Ndagu Village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
Speaking to Premium Times, Abbas Gava, leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, in Borno state, revealed that he got a report from one of his colleagues in Askira-Uba Local Government Area that Ndagu in Lassa district came under massive attack by Boko Haram.
He said: “At about 5.40 p.m. on Monday, Boko Haram group entered Ndagu Village near Lassa, and killed four persons, burnt houses and took away car.”
“We learnt that soldiers of the 115 Battalion and our vigilante operatives have gone on the trail of the terrorists”.
Also speaking, a resident of the affected village, Ibrahim Askira, said villages and communities in that area have witnessed several attacks by Boko Haram insurgents who would in most cases loot their food stores.
Askira added that after the attack on Monday, many women were found missing and may have been abducted by the gunmen.
“As I speak with you now, many people who fled to the bush have not returned”, said Mr. Askira.
“We are not sure what has happened to the missing villagers but the gunmen also took away many women, whose number we cannot ascertain yet.
“The people in our village are completely traumatised due to this attack, we cannot be sure of our safety the next night.
“I call on the security agents to be more proactive in dealing with these Boko Haram boys. If the security leave us like this, they will finish us”, he said.
Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu, said:
“From the information we have, the attack took place three days ago and the intelligence gathered was that 7 women were abducted and three persons were also killed. Most of the villagers fled but their houses were completely razed down by fire which the attackers use to set them ablaze”.