The Chef Imam of Kurmiri Village in Titiwa ward of Magumeri local government area of Borno State was on Sunday night killed alongside four others, when suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect, attacked the village.
Kurmiri village of Titiwa Ward, is about 15 kilometres away from Magumeri Local Government headquarters of Borno state.
Reports reaching press on Monday, said the Chief Imam, Ustaz Goni Bukar Tabare is the elder brother to a popular politician in Magumeri, Mallam Goni Kundube.
Magumeri had witnessed series of deadly attacks in recent past including the ambush, killing and abduction of NNPC oil exploration workers, contracted staff of University of Maiduguri and members of Civilian JTF in Bornoyesu village in July this year.
Eyewitnesses said the attackers came into the village armed with Ak47 rifles, knives and machetes, but decided to execute their mission on their victims using machetes, because using guns will alert many residents to repel the attacks, even though, sources said, one of the attackers was arrested.
Confirming the attack, the Caretaker Chairman of Magumeri Local Government Area, Alhaji Abubakar Abdulkadir in an interview with our Correspondent said, “Chief Imam of Kurmiri village and four other persons were slaughtered by suspected members of Boko Haram sect last night.”
Abdulkadir who regretted the incident assured his people that adequate security have been provided and normalcy have been restored.
His words: “We in Magumeri wake up this morning (Monday) and recieved a distress call that one of our Community witnessed Boko Haram attacks.
” Five people were slaughtered including Chief Imam of Kurmiri village. We regreted this attack and we Pray Allah (God) grant Aljanul Firduas to the souls of the deceased and their families to bear the irreparable loss.
“I want to commend the effort of our Civilian JTF and other security agencies for their prompt action which led to the apprehension of one of the attackers.
“I also want to urge members of the general public not to panic, but go about their businesses as the situation is under control,” Abdulkadir stated.