Boko Haram kills many in Borno’s Mainok village market

Boko Haram

About a dozen traders were reportedly killed Friday at a market in Mainok village of Kaga local government of Borno state when Boko Haram terrorists attacked. 

Witnesses and security operatives said a large number of Boko Haram terrorists invaded the town Friday afternoon and began shooting sporadically.

Many people were killed in the process while several others were seriously injured. 

The terrorists’  main target, according to PREMIUM TIMES findings, were villagers from Jakana, which is about 16 kilometres away from Mainok and about 50 kilometres from Maiduguri. 

Mainok, located some 65 kilometres west of Maiduguri, has a rural market holding every Friday and usually draws large population of traders from far and near who converge to buy and sell all kinds of farm produce – mostly grains as well as animals like cattle, sheep and goats.

The Boko Haram sect had on September 19 attacked the market in similar manner, killing about 36 traders. 

A trader, Buji  Muhammed, told journalists in Maiduguri he was lucky to have escaped the Friday attack.

“In short I was really lucky that I was not in the centre of the market  when the attack started and Boko Haram were busy shooting into the market. Instantly, many people were killed by gunshots as bullets hit them from all angle. I had to lie down on the floor and began to crawl vastly out of the market until I saw a pickup van driver who was trying to escape with his vehicle; I had to summon courage and stood up to run and jumped into the back of the pickup and that was how I and some other persons who also entered the pickup van  were able to escape,” he said. 

A police officer  in Jakana village, which is just about 16 kilometres away from the attacked market, confirmed to journalists on phone that many traders died during the attack. 

“We saw many traders running into Jakana from Mainok,  some with minor injuries, and they informed us that many people were killed,” said the police officer, who asked not to be named. 

“After they shot severally into the market,  they surrounded the market and began to do selective killing especially of traders that are from Jakana, they said some of the terrorists were heard shouting and instructing their colleagues not to spare people from Jakana. 

He said the Boko Haram terrorists were picking on traders from Jakana “because they had in the past suffered the lost of many of their members in Jakana following their repeated failure to take over the village.

“We the police and soldiers that are stationed here usually get the cooperation of the local people who would quickly feed us with useful information as soon as they hear about any plan to  attack the town,” the police officer said. 

Details of the actual casualty suffered in the market attack as well as the outcome of the military rescue mission to the area were still sketchy at the time of filing this report. 


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Almost half of 6 weeks gone!

    We are counting down to when “news” like this would no longer be our portion.

    • Don Messi

      Oh, so if yur Ex-Coupist turned ‘defender of democracy’ comes on board, news like this ‘will no longer be our portion’? Wow. If it takes an individual to wipe out terrorism, then leaders ‘you people’ consider dynamic such as Obama, Cameron, etc etc would have ended it in their countries and those they have heavy presence in.
      NO HUMAN has a magic wand to stop terrorism. It’s an ideology of some people of a certain faith. We all know this. If you guys tell us once yur ex coupist comes on board this sort of news ‘will no longer be our portion’, THEN IT MEANS THERE IS SOMETHING BETWEEN YOUR PARTY AND THESE BH BOYS U GUYS ARE NOT TELLING US ABOUT!
      This thought is further strengthened by your attitude and those of yur co travellers: when our gallant soldiers record victories, you APC men led by Lai(lie?) Moh’d are amazingly SILENT! But once the BH boys strike, you all find yur tongue and rush to yur keyboards! Strange!
      I’m sorry, but the signals you guys are sending strengthens the school of thought that there is some sort of collaboration between you guys and your ‘foreign partners’ in Sambisa!
      This is very unfortunate.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Messy, it is really unfortunate that people like you fail to ask or reason as to why it took 6 whole years and almost 20,000 Nigerian lives wasted before Jonothing woke up to his responsibilities.

        When the Otuoke client came into power boko haram fighters were using bows and arrows, but under his careful nurturing, they now control a territory in Nigeria that is as vast as Belgium. A whole country!

        Instead of you guys covering your faces in shame, you are here shamelessly pontificating about the incompetence of the Jonothing regime and finger pointing / blame shifting.

        Tell your man to grow hair on his balls and accept responsibility for the job he is paid to do.

        • Don Messi

          “6 whole years and almost 20,000 Nigerian lives wasted before Jonathan woke up to his responsibilities”.

          By this u admit he has ‘woken up’ to his responsibilities? Good! So why not join hands and wipe out this thing out to a barest minimum instead of the blame game? Bearing in mind it might not have taken those ‘6yrs’ if the northern elders including yur Hero hadn’t killed the momentum when the N.A. Had BH on the back foot by calling for amnesty and an end to the onslaught by the military??
          Honestly, you guys appear pained anytime the Nigerian army records a victory.
          Be patriotic nau oga..haba!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            The only pain I feel is that Nigerians allowed an incompetent man to define its lack of direction for so long before waking up.

            As to the NA, I can’t wait to see Fat Badeh kicked off his backside into the trash can when a new government steps in. The current culture of mediocrity within it has to be exorcised and cauterised.

  • Gaskiya

    I had advised all families and friends to ignore Jonathan and military advice that people can go back to liberated areas because the government is clandestine and should never be trusted.