The sounds of terror and agony in the north eastern region of Nigeria appears a never ending ordeal as the dreaded Jihadist terrorist group, the Boko Haram continues to displays its unrelenting terror in the numerous communities inside the region. Information available to 247ureports.com obtained from competent sources in Maiduguri indicate that the terror span of the Jihadist group has reached the sleepy town of Doron-Baga in Kukawa local government area Borno state. The latest attack resulted in the beheading of 56 fishermen.
According to available information, Doron-Baga is a fishing community with a high population of fishermen. The mode of operation of the fishermen entails setting out at night to the waterside – where the fishing expedition will commence and last till the following night.
However the batch of fishermen who had gone up the riverbanks on Thursday night to fish till Friday’s late night were said to have not returned – raising concerns among the vigilante group stationed in the community. A cursory search by the vigilante team uncovered the gruesome reality that they had feared.
The search of the waterside led to the recovery of 56 headless bodies of the fishermen. According to the spokesman of the vigilante team, Muhammed Abbas Gava, “the killed fishermen were returning back from a fishing expedition they set out for on Thursday night, the gunmen forced them off their boats, and, at gunpoint, began to slaughter them one after the other; they slaughtered 48 of them whose corpses our members found near the river, while corpses of 8 others whose necks had bruises were found floating near the river bank. The bodies that were recovered from the river were of those whom we suspect the Boko Haram terrorists’ knives could not pierce through their skins, so they had to tie their legs and hands with ropes, then dropped them into the river to die”.
In talking to 24ureports.com, one of the fishermen in the community who is also a ranking member in the Fish traders association in Duro-Baga revealed that the fishermen due to the nature of their trade, and the time of their operation, are said to have been aiding the vigilante/hunters in tracking the movements of the Jihadist group into the community. “They help to detect and strange movements by the terrorists and send signals to the vigilante”.
He went on to add that “some of our fishermen had told us earlier that they had received a threat letter purportedly written to them by the terrorists”.