Insecurity: US condemns Borno killings in ‘strongest terms’, seeks arrest of culprits

*Reports indicate there have been conflicting figures on the confirmed number of casualties in the latest unprovoked attacks on rice farmers in Borno State, North-East region of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the recent mass murders of rice farmers in the Northern state of the African country, the United States (US) has condemned the mindless killing of farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State, Saturday, November 28, 2020, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, leaving at least 67 people dead.

The US Embassy in Nigeria in a statement Monday, November 30 requested the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately expose the killers, and asked the authorities to bring the culprits to book.

The developed country restated that it stands with the Nigerian Government in their efforts at fighting terrorism in the country.

The statement said: “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria.

“The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped.”

The American Government in the statement noted that “these abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian Government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Governor (Prof.) Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State (in white) and Other Officials at the Burial of Late Rice Farmers Killed by Boko Haram Terrorists

Since the attacks on the late rice farmers in Borno State last weekend, reports indicate that there have been conflicting figures on the confirmed number of casualties in the troubled North-East region.

ConsumerConnect reports while the United Nations (UN) estimated the number of dead victims at 110, the Nigerian military authorities, however, have insisted that only 43 farmers were killed in the unprovoked attacks on the farmers.

It is recalled that Mr. Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, in a statement Sunday, had condemned the assault, calling for the immediate release of several persons who were also kidnapped in the process.

UN Resident Coordinator said such direct attacks against innocent civilians jeopardise the ability for the most vulnerable people to survive the adversity they are facing which the UN is striving to alleviate.

The global body stated: “I strongly condemn this attack and any act of violence against innocent civilians, and I firmly urge all actors on the ground to respect international laws and humanity.

“The entire UN system and the humanitarian community working to provide life-saving and development assistance to the most vulnerable in Borno State are outraged by the incident.”

According to Kallon, “it is, unfortunately, one of too many such attacks targeting farmers, fishermen and families who are trying to recover some livelihood opportunity after over a decade of conflicts.”

Nonetheless, Major-General John Enenche, Defence Spokesman has faulted the UN figures on the number of casualties in the latest killings of innocent citizens in Borno killing.

The military’s count still stood at 43, according to Major-General John Enenche.

He stated: “I have to respond; it is coming from the United Nations. This is a source that identified itself that 110 persons specifically were killed.”

The Defence Spokesman disclosed that military officials accompanied Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State to the site of the killings where the 43 bodies were counted.

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