Boko Haram kills 56 fishermen in Doron-Baga, Borno

Armed men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram attacked and killed 56 fishermen in Doron-Baga, a community in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The fishermen, were returning from a fishing expedition on Friday morning when they were ambushed, an official and a resident told PREMIUM TIMES.

“According to the reports we have so far received from our members in Baga, the killed fishermen were returning from a fishing expedition they set out for on Thursday night”, Muhammed Gava, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Vigilante Group in Borno State, told journalists on Sunday.

Mr. Gava added that “the gunmen forced them off their boats, and, at gunpoint, began to slaughter them one after the other.”

“They slaughtered 48 of them whose corpses our members found near the river, while corpses of 8 others whose necks had bruises were found floating near the river bank.

“The bodies that were recovered from the river were of those whom we suspect the Boko Haram terrorists’ knives could not pierce through their skins, so they had to tie their legs and hands with ropes, then dropped them into the river to die,” he added.

An official of the fish traders association in Baga, who would not want to be named for security concerns, told journalists that “some of our fishermen told us earlier that they had received a threat letter purportedly written to them by the Boko Haram who warned that they would be attacking the village very soon”.

The Friday incident was not the first of such in Doron-Baga. A similar incident of ambushing and beheading fishermen occurred on May 1, 2013 when about 20 fishermen were killed by the insurgents.

The Boko Haram attacks have continued despite a state of emergency in place in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe since April last year. President Goodluck Jonathan has also written to the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule which expires this month, a move opposed by many lawmakers who say it has not resolved the insurgency in those states.


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  • Dumbo

    GEJ, stop playing politics with lives of innocent people. You are the commander in chief and control all the armed forces. Its a shame with all the state of emergency, but you have not been able to stop the killings. What else will you need and when will you act. So many LG are still under BH control and there is no plan or attempt of regaining those areas. You don’t need to play with human lives to win elections. Your state of emergency has proven to be ineffective and a conduit for stealing ( i didn’t say corruption). You have proven to be a total failure and granting further state of emergency will not help as in the past. You are benefitting from it and thats the reason why it cannot be ended.

  • Chris1408

    SSS got intelligence to raid APC office, but can’t get intelligence on Boko Haram activities.

    • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

      What is their sin?
      Must you hack any moving objects to give Apc platform to accuse GEJ of complicity?
      enough is enough

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Is fishing a sin in Islam ? NA WWAAA FOR THIS SHARIA LAW ! Last month a Lady in Iran was jailed for watching a volley-ball game played by men…….also a sin under Sharia law !!
    This is exactly what the APC want to turn Nigeria to !

  • babalola

    God help ud

  • favourtalk

    Not until our dear president sees this issue as his family and personal problems, we can’t get out of this. Many citizens are dying everyday and all he cares about is his birthday party, campaigns and declarations, it shows the high level of unchallant attitude towards the poor man on the street. He cares not, we need a better man and capabale man to take this nation to the next level. We need change

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