According to reports, on Saturday Nov 28, atleast 44 rice farmers were killed by suspected members of the Boko Haram while harvesting their crops.
Some sources said the farmers “were rounded up and summarily slaughtered by the armed insurgents”.
A former chairman of a rice farmers association in Borno State, Hassan Zabarmari, confirming the incident said;
“It was a sad incident that took place at about 11 a.m today,” he said Saturday. “The farmers were attacked at the Garin-Kwashebe rice field, and according to reports reaching us since afternoon, about 40 of them were killed.”
“But we have been receiving conflicting information on the casualty figures – some said it was up to 50 farmers that were slaughtered.”
The Borno State police public relations officer, Edet Okon, did not respond when reached by phone Saturday night. He did not also respond to a WhatsApp message sent to him.