The thirty-two victims killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State were not farmers according to reports but young men picking iron scalps for steel production.
The Special Adviser to Governor Babagana Zulum on Media and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, gave the clarification in a statement to journalists in Maiduguri on Wednesday, May 25.
Gusau said the victims were killed around Mudu village, some 45 kilometers away from Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of the state.
The statement also confirmed that six persons were injured while two escaped the attack unhurt.
"Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is very disturbed by the unfortunate killing of fellow citizens at the weekend. Pending a full report, the governor was briefed by the Majority Leader of Borno State House of Assembly, Mohammed Dige, who represents Kala-Balge where the victims hailed from," Gusau said.
"From the lawmaker’s briefing, a total of 32 youths are believed to have been killed by the insurgents. The youths were not farmers but highly enterprising young men engaged in gathering metals popularly called ‘Kayan Ajaokuta’ which are sold as raw materials for steel production
"The victims were said to have gone to a deserted Mudu village in Dikwa LGA, which is 45 kilometers away from Rann in Kala-Balge, in search of the raw materials; but in the process, they were unfortunately ambushed by the insurgents. Six persons were injured during the ambush while two escaped unhurt”, he added.
"A team of soldiers, alongside the Chairman of Kala-Balge LGA, on Tuesday, recovered 14 bodies of victims who were apparently tied and shot at close range”, the spokesman said.
"Governor Zulum shares deeply the pains of bereaved families and the good people of Kala-Balge and is awaiting full report by the end of today before necessary measures”, Gusau noted.