In a horrifying incident near Maiduguri, Boko Haram terrorists have beheaded seven farmers, instilling fear and raising security concerns as the farming season commences.
The attack took place on Thursday, June 15, when the victims were working on their farms just five kilometers from the outskirts of Maiduguri, near the community of Molai.
This devastating act occurred shortly after the government launched a campaign to encourage farmers to return to their fields, following years of abandonment due to the persistent threat of violence.
Sainna Buba, a government official responsible for coordinating the farmers’ movement to their farms alongside security operatives, confirmed the incident and expressed his deep sorrow, calling it a setback.
“All seven victims were brutally beheaded.”
“We have just attended the funeral, and the corpses have been conveyed to the cemetery for burial,” Sainna Buba confirmed.
According to Abudulmumeen Bulama, a local security personnel from the Civilian-JTF vigilance group, one of the farmers managed to escape the attack and reported it.
He described the terrifying scene of bullets raining down as the survivor fled for his life.
This heinous act has sent shockwaves throughout the community, with many expressing their grief and concern for the safety of farmers in the area.
Becky Koji, a farmer, emphasized the urgent need for government action, stating, “We are not safe anymore; these attacks are becoming one too many, and the government needs to do something urgently.”
The Borno State government had recently initiated a mass return-to-farm program, providing approximately 300 tractor trucks to assist farmers in the area.
The objective was to enhance food security and reduce dependence on food aid, as the ongoing insurgency has severely affected the region.
Tragically, the beheading of the seven farmers by Boko Haram marks the latest in a series of attacks by the terrorist group in the region. Over the past decade, the group has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of others, causing immense suffering and turmoil.