Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has visited families of over 30 fishermen killed by Boko Haram insurgents last Wednesday at Mukdolo village in Ngala Local Government Area (LGA).
Zulum was in Dikwa town where the fishermen lived and from where they went fishing at Mukdolo before they were ambushed and massacred by the Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters .
The Governor met all bereaved families of the slain fishermen at the palace of the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Ibrahim Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi where he commiserated with them and presented relief materials to cushion their pains.
“On behalf of the government and people, I am here to extend our sympathy to you over the killing of our brothers who had gone to earn a living.
“I urge you to take solace from the Almighty Allah, as He alone can take life. We pray that their souls shall rest in eternal peace”.
Zulum presented relief materials to each of the deceased families to support them during the mourning period.
He assured of continuous assistance to the families left behind by the victims.
The Shehu of Dikwa, on behalf of the families and bereaved communities, expressed gratitude to Governor Zulum for the visit.
Oyo News recalled over 30 fishermen were shot dead in an attack by suspected Islamic State of the West African (ISWAP) militants in northeastern Gamborun Ngala, in Borno.
The farmers were said to have been killed while fishing and fetching firewood in Mukdolo village located about 19 kilometers north of Dikwa Town.
Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad region, reported a dozens of the terrorists riding on motorcycles stormed the field and began shooting sporadically.
According to Makama, nine among the victims managed to fled with bullet wounds but the gunmen surrounded the rest of the 26 victims at gun points.
He said: “They asked them to lay down. Thereafter, they used their fishing net and wrapped on them before they started torturing them. After they became unconscious, they opened fire at them, killing them instantly.”
Source: The Nation