As Nigerians across the globe celebrate Nigeria’s 55th independence anniversary, residents of Kirchinga, Adamawa state are mourning.
This is because Boko Haram insurgents early this morning attacked Kirchinga village which is the hometown of the former acting governor of the state, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
According to Premium Times report, no fewer than five villagers were killed in the tragic incident.
Kirchinga is a border village asit shares border with the dreaded Sambisa forest. It was one of the areas once occupied by Boko Haram insurgents last year but had been cleared of the insurgents in a counter attack by the Nigerian military troops.
A resident of the village who was lucky to have escaped the onslaught, Ahmad Musa, said during a telephone interview that the insurgents attacked the village at about 12:30am on Thursday firing sporadic shots and razing down buildings, making residents to flee into nearby bushes.
The resident said the insurgents slaughtered three women and two men who could not escape during the onslaught while nobody could challenge them as there were no security personnel around.
“We are now in deep sorrow,” Mr. Musa lamented.
The House of Representative member representing Michika/Madagali Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Adamu Kamale, also confirmed the attack and blamed the Federal Government for the attack. He called for more security operatives in the area.
He said: “We need more security personnel as our villages share borders with Sambisa forest,” the lawmaker said.
“The federal government has been doing nothing in the past four months to secure our people as security is degenerating by the day. The security personnel are even compounding our predicaments as what they are saying on the pages of newspapers is contrary to was is happening on ground,” Kamale added.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has recorded another victory in the war against Boko Haram, as troops discovered and raided another fuel dump at Abbaganaram in Maiduguri, Borno State.