The House of Representatives has called for urgent military intervention and rescue of missing farmers in Jere Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State attacked by Boko Haram.
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon Ahmed Satomi (APC, Borno) at plenary, on Tuesday.
Moving the motion, Satomi said heavily armed Boko Haram terrorists attacked farmers working in their rice fields in Jere Mafa local government area killing several of them last Saturday.
The lawmaker expressed worry that the attack was carried out by terrorists less than 20 kilometers from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He also expressed concern by the dynamic and strategy deployed by the terrorists who were on motorcycles, divided themselves into three groups and attacked not with guns but rather used cutlasses and knives to stab and butcher the victims.
Satomi said currently security forces and Civilian Joint Task Force groups in the North East of Borno have recovered nine dead bodies while search continues in a bid to find more people who are still missing.
He said, “Alarmed that in spite of the terrorist attack of Saturday , November 4 and the current search and rescue operations which are still ongoing , another attack and massacre of about 50 persons was again carried out on the night of Sunday, November 5, 2023.
“Further alarmed that if urgent and drastic steps are not taken, the area may be overrun by terrorists with attendant dire consequences.”
Adopting the motion, the House mandated the Nigerian Army to immediately mobilise troops to the affected areas to neutralise the terrorists and restore normalcy to the villages.
Similarly, the House urged the military to fortify security in Geidam and Yunusari local government areas of Yobe State to secure the communities and in order to forestall future attacks.
This followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance, sponsored by Hon Lawan Shettima (APC, Borno).
Shettima said there were terrorist attacks in towns in Geidam local government area last week Monday and Tuesday.
He stated that the terrorists who were on a revenge mission, went to Nguro Kayaiya town riding on about 15 motorcycles with sophisticated weapons, paraded and killed 16 male villagers on the outskirts of the village and later burnt down the village including houses, vehicles and tricycles.
He said, “On Tuesday, October 31, 2023, in the afternoon, villagers from neighbouring Mallam Kelluri of Gumsa village unit numbering about 14 on a tricycle ran over explosive device planted by the terrorist around the village which exploded and killed 12 persons while four were taken to hospital.”