The Abubakar Shekau’s led faction of Boko Haram insurgents says the terrorists killed 78 farmers in Kwashebe Zabarmari axis of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State because the farmers arrested and handed one of its brothers to the Nigerian Army.
This is contained in a three-minute and thirty-seven-second video released by the insurgents to claim responsibility for the killings on Tuesday.
The group also warned that those arresting their members and giving out intelligence on their activities to the military will face the same fate if they did not desist from doing so.
“You think you can nab our brother and hand him to soldiers and live in peace,” a veiled man asked in the video.
“You think Allah will forget what you have done to our brother.”
“The third message is on those who notoriously nab our brethren and hand them to the military or give them a clue on us, you should know that, unless you repent, what happened to your people is awaiting you.”
The ICIR had reported on Saturday how about 43 rice farmers were brutally murdered on Saturday.
A BBC report says the deceased were attacked, tied and beheaded by the Boko Haram insurgents while they were harvesting rice on their farms.
However, Solacebase reports that the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said in a statement on Sunday that the numbers of people that were killed were 110. He also added that many others were wounded with several women being kidnapped by the insurgents.
While describing that the incident was the most “violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year, he called that the perpetrators be brought to book.
Although the United Nations has altered its casualty figure from the attack on farmers in Zabarmari, Borno on Saturday.
The agency, in another statement dated Sunday, said “tens of civilians” had died.