Elements of the terrorists group Boko Haram have destroyed about 90 residential houses, a Church, clinic, nine shops and other properties worth millions of naira setting them on fire and looting food stuff and other valuables in Debiro, Tarfa and Dakwaima villages of Biu Local Government Area of Borno State when they invaded the communities.
This was disclosed, on Monday, by the District Head, Alhaji Mohammad Bukar, while briefing the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, who paid a sympathy visit to the affected communities.
The lack of telecommunications network in these communities delayed firsthand information on the attacks getting out which lasted over three hours without interruption.
However, reliable sources said local hunters who repelled the attacks succeeded in killing three members of the insurgents, while one resident sustained bullet wounds on his hand from the attackers; but none died.
Biu council is one of the peaceful community in Southern Borno, where both Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai and the Deputy Governor hail from.
The traditional ruler, who addressed the Deputy Governor and his entourage, during the sympathy visit said: “The insurgents stormed the villages about 6:30 p.m.
“They operated till 10:25p.m., and burnt down 90 residential Houses, nine shops, one church, one dispensary/clinic, one tractor and carted away essential commodities as well as food items.”
Kadafur, while sympathising with the people of the communities, urged them to take the incident as an act of God and continue to pray for lasting peace, adding that vigilante group of hunters in the area will be well equipped and provided with monthly stipends to help defend the area.
It will be recalled that since the Chief of Army Staff relocated to Borno and personally leading the onslaught on these insurgents in the sambissa forest and the fringes of the lake Chad basin, most if these terrorists have been attacking villages in a gorilla like operation.