Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Breaking News: Boko Haram Kill Borno Monarch Today.
Gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, attacked two villages in different parts of Borno state on Tuesday night and
Wednesday morning and killed about 20 people including a monarch, according to security sources and witnesses.
The first attack happened on Wednesday morning at about 7 a.m. when the gunmen stormed Wala Village, 130 km southwest of Maiduguri, the Borno capital, killing 18 villagers and injuring several others.
Anonymously a local government official and a senior officer of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) confirmed that about 18 people were killed in Wala this morning by the Boko Haram gunmen.
The DSS officer also confirmed that some 12 hours earlier, another set of gunmen attacked Sabon-Kasuawa Village in Hawul Local Government Area, 210km south of Maiduguri, where they killed a local monarch (district head) and his guard.
On phone conversation, a politician from Hawul Local Government, Hyeldi Bwala, confirmed that the gunmen attacked the monarch shortly after he returned home from the mosque where he went to observe the Tuesday night prayers at about 7:30 p.m.
According to Mr. Bwala, the gunmen walked right into the palace of the monarch and shot him in his bedroom. On their way out they also shot traditional ruler's guard.
Last week the top monarch of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta (who is addressed as Emir of Gwoza) had made a save our-soul plea to the Nigerian government and security agencies to come to the aid of Gwoza residents whom he said suffer too frequent attacks.
Gwoza is the one of the mountainous countryside of Borno State that shares borders with Cameroon in its south and Sambissa in its north. Gwoza’s rocky mountains have served as a hideout for Boko Haram terrorists.
The Borno attacks have continued despite an emergency rule imposed on the state, as well as Adamawa and Yobe, since May last year.