Inhabitants of Zabarmari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State have asserted that the slaughtering of rice farmers in the network would have been prevented if the Nigerian military had made a move in the wake of being informed of incident about to occur.
As indicated by News Men, one of the surviving locals, who gave his name as Abubakar Salihu, said they predicted danger after they captured one of the Boko Haram terrorists and gave him to the security agents.
He stated: “We informed military beforehand that our members sighted Boko Haram in large numbers but nothing was done about it.”
“It was a sad day for us in Zabarmari; it could have been averted but the military failed to act on the information we gave them,” he added.
Another rice farmer, Mohammed Alhaji, told the publication that the victims were occupied with harvesting rice when the terrorists came and assembled them.
“It was a deliberate act to ensure that we do not harvest our farm produce. We need the federal government to assist us and secure our lives,” he said.
The Zabarmari incident happened on Saturday, November 28, as Boko Haram psychological oppressors gathered together ranchers on rice fields and cut their throats or guillotined them.
An aggregate of 43 bodies were gotten in one area after the assault. Bodies gotten from different areas have raised the loss of life to 110.
The military has not yet reacted to the townspeople’s cases. In any case, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, has accused the farmers’ demises on their failure to get military clearance before working on the field.
Garba Shehu said this while addressing the BBC.
“The truth has to be said. Was there any military clearance from the military who are in total control of the area? Did anybody ask to resume activity?” Shehu said while speaking to BBC ‘Newsday’.