GUNMEN suspected to be members of Boko Haram terrorists, on Thursday invaded Garubula village of Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, killing the District Head, Alhaji Ibrahim Dawi and 11 others.
A resident of the area, Mallam Idrisa Garubula, said the gunmen stormed the village at about 11.00 p.m. and opened fire sporadically, killing the district head and 11 others, including his body guard before they fled the area, unchallenged.
“The district head was shot by the gunmen in the head and was, however, rushed to Biu General Hospital before he gave up the ghost.
“He had since been buried according to Islamic rites in Biu, the headquarters of the local government area, he said.
However, during the attack, the Nigerian Tribune learnt that there was no presence of security operatives in the area, in which the attackers executed their mission and left freely.
“Federal Government should do something urgently before the terrorists take over the area, as the terrorists have succeeded in sending away the people of Damboa and other communities of Madafuma, Mandaragirau in Biu Council area.
“If something is not done urgently, they would also sack our communities, which is not good for the nation, most especially now that we are in the rainy season, when people are going to their farms,” Mallam Idrisa Garubula stated.
Another resident of the area, who does not want his name in print, said “the gunmen stormed the village in pick-up van, motorcycles and opened fire on the people sporadically, killing the district head and 11 others, adding that the district head was rushed to Biu General Hospital for treatment, where he later died.”
He called on the Federal Government to do something urgently so as to end the insurgency before it spreads to all parts of the country, pointing out that the insecurity had really affected lives of innocent citizenry, with property worth billions of naira destroyed.
Efforts to get the spokesman of the Borno State police command, Gideon Jubirn, for confirmation proved abortive, as his phone was switched off as of the time of filing in this report.