Rampaging Boko Haram insurgents again struck in Madagali, the Northern part of Adamawa State, slitting the throats of six residents in a midnight attack, locals have said.
Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State shares border with the dreaded Sambisa forest.
It was one of the areas once annexed by the Boko Haram insurgents.
It was however later cleared of terrorists after Boko Haram was routed by Nigerian troops in a counter insurgency operation last year.
A fleeing resident of Madagali, Musa Amadu, in a telephone interview said the insurgents struck at about 12:30am on Sunday and picked their victims from their houses.
They also set ablaze the houses of two prominent persons in the town, making residents flee into nearby bushes.
Amadu said the insurgents slaughtered six people, while several others sustained injuries.
“We are now in deep sorrow,” Amadu lamented.
According to him, the insurgents had a field day as they operated unchallenged for many hours due to the complete absence of security personnel in the area they attacked.
Another resident of the area, Joseph John, accused the soldiers deployed to the area of leaving them to their own fate, corroborating Amadu’s account that there was complete absence of security personnel in the attacked area.
John said: “We want the government to deploy more security personnel for us because as Nigerians, the government owes us a duty to protect us.”
Though the military has not yet responded to the call for help, the member representing Madagali and Michika Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Adamu Kamale, confirmed the attack.
Kamale said six people were killed and eight others injured during the midnight attack.
He said: “We are in mourning now.
“They slaughtered six people, eight others seriously injured.
“The fact that our area shares borders with Sambisa forest and Cameroon Republic should have been enough reason why government must deploy security personnel to protect us.
“If the government does not take proactive measures to stem the ugly insurrection of insurgents into our domain, they will kill all of us.
“The number of soldiers deployed is grossly inadequate.
“We need more security personnel as our villages share borders with Sambisa forest.”