Scores of students travelling to write the
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in
Borno State have been reportedly killed by the
Boko Haram sect.
They were among several persons that lost
their lives in multiple attacks unleashed by the
dreaded sect in four communities.
The Senator representing Borno Central in the
Senate, Zannah Ahmed, on Friday, accused the
military of complicity in Thursday attack on
part of troubled Borno State where he claimed
that 210 people were killed in attacks on four
The towns included Dikwa, Kala Balge,
Gambulga and Gwoza.
The senator claimed that the attackers were all
dressed in military uniforms and spoke English
This was a departure from the Hausa and
Kanuri language spoken by the Boko Haram
He even lamented that authorities of the
military post in Gamboru, which purportedly
received a distressed call from the people of
Kala Balge avoided the town, claiming that it
was not in its area of command.
The senator who said he was compelled to
speak out because his people were being killed
on a daily basis, added “what happened in
Borno was beyond understanding.”
He said: “It is a must for me to speak since the
people lives are involved and they are my
people. All these are happening in my
constituency and it will be wrong to keep quiet.
I feel so much pained and would not have
spoken but definitely my conscience will not let
me do that.”
He alleged that 210 people were slaughtered
by marauders, who dressed in military
uniforms and attacked the towns in two
armored personnel cars and seven double cabin
According to him, they attacked a Teachers
College in Dikwa and killed seven people, burnt
down the school library and administrative
He said Kala Balge was the most devastated as
60 people were killed by the armed men who
went on the rampage.
He said after they left Kala Balge they attacked
three other towns in the area where a total of
150 persons were killed.
Our correspondent made repeated efforts to
call the Director of Defence Information, Maj.
Gen. Chris Olukolade, without success as the
calls to his mobile telephone line did not
Our correspondent also sent a text message to
the Defence Spokesman which had not been
replied as of the time of filing the story.
A security source, however, said that the
insurgents laid ambush for a group of students
who were on their way to Biu from Maiduguri to
write Senior the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board Examination scheduled for
Saturday April, 2014.
It was learnt that the JAMB candidates were
riding in eight vehicles were they ran into the
It was, however, not clear whether the
insurgents got the all occupants of the eight
vehicles or not.
He stated however that the incident took place
on Wednesday evening.