The deadly Boko Haram sect has raided two villages in Yobe state, killing at least nine and setting ablaze hundreds of homes.
Fleeing villagers told AFP that dozens of insurgents on motorbikes stormed Tadagara and Dunbulwa villages, 170 kilometres (100 miles) from Yobe state capital Damaturu, from July night through to the following morning.
All 9 victims were shot with assault rifles as the militants raided Tadagara around 10:30 pm (2130 GMT), plundering thatch-roofed mud homes and shops before setting them on fire.
One of the witnesses, Tadagara local, Shuaibu Nuhu said: “Boko Haram gunmen came on motorcycles and opened fire on the village after we had retired for the night and killed nine residents.”
“We fled into the bush from where we saw fire erupting from our homes as the gunmen set them alight after looting them.”
Villagers said that the militants stayed until dawn, hiding from heavy rain before moving to nearby Dunbulwa village.
Meanwhile, the residents there had been cautioned of the danger and had escaped by the time the Boko Haram terrorists arrived.
“We luckily left the village as soon as we heard Boko Haram gunmen were on the attack in Tadagara which was why they found the village empty,” said Dunbulwa resident Sani Mai-Masara.
“They carted away food and jerry cans of fuel. They then set fire to our homes.”
The onslaughts made hundreds of villagers to leave their homes and run for their safety to the town of Potiskum, 70 kilometres away.
Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency in Nigeria has left more than 15,000 people dead since 2009 and has gradually spread across the country’s borders, with Chad and Cameroon suffering deadly suicide bombings in recent months.
President Muhammadu Buhari despite his earlier stance said that he is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to save the Chibok girls abducted more than year ago and to renew peace in the North of Nigeria.
There had been reports that a faction of the Boko Haram group seeking peace negotiations with Nigeria’s government.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram recently unveiled the video, advising all to join in fight against the current government.