Edward Kallon, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria has revealed that 110 persons, not 43 were killed in the Borno farm attack on Saturday. The UN coordinator mentioned that against the earlier reports that claimed 43 persons were killed, it was 110 farmers that lost their lives to the attack on Zarbarmari rice plantation in Borno state.
In a statement released by the Coordinator in the early hours of today, he expressed his deep concern about the gruesome killing of civilians by Boko Haram insurgents.
He said, “I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri. At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.
“In the early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields in Koshobe and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area. Reports we are receiving are indicating these innocent farmers were the victims of this callous violence”
Kallon while condoling with the Nigerian government and the families of the victims of the Borno farm attack, said, “I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this atrocious attack. I also wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in the incident.”
“We have also received reports that several women may have been kidnapped. I call for their immediate release and return to safety. My thoughts are also with the rural communities in the area, who are shocked by the brutality of yesterday’s (Saturday’s) attack and fear for their safety.
The entire UN system and the humanitarian community working to provide life-saving and development assistance to the most vulnerable in Borno State is outraged by the incident. Such direct attacks against innocent civilians jeopardize the ability for the most vulnerable people to survive the adversity they are facing, and which we are striving to alleviate.”