Fresh twin attacks by the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram have claimed no fewer than 27 lives, it emerged at the weekend.
The attacks which were confirmed by the Chairman of Gamboru-Ngala Local government Area, Modu-Gana Sheriff occurred on Wednesday and Thursday nights in the border towns of Fulatari and Kanumburi in Borno state.
Speaking with newsmen, the Council boss said “The first attack occurred about eleven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday while the second was carried out last Thursday at about ten o’clock in the evening.
“In the first attack, six people were killed and four others sustained injuries in Fulatari while 21 people lost their lives in the second attack including the Village Head of Gamboru Lawan Ali Shettima, and two others sustaining bullet injuries and are now receiving treatment’.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sheriff has condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in the attacks and donated N100, 000 and a bag of rice to each of the families of the deceased. Also, the Council chairman donated N500, 000 to members of the youth vigilante group.
It was gathered that most council officials are now operating from Maiduguri, the state capital for fear of unexpected attacks.
Following escalation of attacks in the three frontline states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, President Goodluck Jonathan in May declared a state of emergency and consequently ordered deployment of huge troops to restore law and order.
Also recently, the Nigerian Army authorities established a Division headed by a General Officer Commanding (GOC) and headquartered in Maiduguri to contain insurgency in the north-east.
In spite of huge presence of troops in the three states and emergency rule still being enforced, members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram have continued to carry out pockets of attacks, killing innocent people at will.