The Nigerian Army on Thursday confirmed attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on two villages but said only four people died in the incidents.
Local security sources told PREMIUM TIMES that at least 22 people were killed between Monday and Tuesday in the attacks on Dasa and Duwabayi, both in Monguno Local Government Area.
Some 48 hours after the attack, neither the police nor the Nigerian military reported the incidents, until after PREMIUM TIMES’ report on Thursday.
In his reply to an enquiry, the spokesman of the 8th Task Force Division, Monguno, Onyema Nwachukwu, confirmed that the attacks took place.
The deputy director, army public relations, however, said four persons, not 22 may have died from the attacks.
“There was an incident in two isolated and remote villages, not in Monguno town,” he said in a text message response to our reporter.
“It is confirmed that our troops on patrol to Zankari, Dasa a and Debele villages, all in the hinterland of northern Borno discovered one corpse at Dasa a who on close examination was found to have been shot in the neck. Suspecting that it may be due to Boko Haram Terrorists activities.
“The patrol further tracked them to Debele village where 3 other corpses were discovered. The patrol has since been combing the general area to track down any insurgent.”
The Boko Haram attacks have continued despite continued negotiations with the federal government for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls. Twenty one of the over 200 girls kidnapped from Chibok in Borno State in 2014 have already been released by the insurgents.
The federal government recently denied it paid ransom to free the girls.