More than a dozen farmers and herders have been reportedly killed by Boko Haram insurgents at Puciwa and Koleram communities in Magumeri council area of Borno State.
Speaking on the Monday evening attacks, on Tuesday, in Maiduguri, the acting secretary of the council, Mallam Wali, said the assailants injured 16 other villagers and rustled cattle, sheep and goats.
He disclosed that the council also experienced the abduction of five employees of an oil exploration firm and the Department of Geology, University of Maiduguri last year.
Wali also noted that the neighbouring Gubio and Gajiram councils had been under the control of the terrorists.
He said: “The insurgents stormed the twin farming communities in the evening (Monday). They also rustled cattle, sheep and goats. 16 villagers were injured besides the over 13 deaths.
“Barely an hour after the attacks, our people had to flee to Magumeri, 40 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the state capital. Some of the villagers could only take along with them a few of their personal effects.”
“We are much terrified by the latest and deadly attacks by insurgents.
“The whole communities in Gubio/Gajiram axis bordering Nganzai Local Government Area are daily being terrorised by insurgents.”
The council scribe further stated that the terrorists also destroyed the livelihoods of the fleeing villagers.
“But we are doing our best to ensure that the displaced persons are properly taken care of”, he said.
Wali also added that the council was collaborating with security agencies to restore peace in the affected communities.