Twenty-one persons have been killed by men suspected to be insurgents, dressed in military camouflage, in a highway attack in Yobe State.
The 21 persons, according to a local vigilante source, had been residing in Damaturu after fleeing their communities earlier captured by the insurgents.
But at the weekend, they undertook a trip to their communities to carry some foodstuffs from their silos because they felt that peace had returned to the place.
However, the victims who had been displaced from Lazarawa, Ngirbua, Maram and Garin Kuyama villages miscalculated as they were attacked on their way on Yobe Road.
The source claimed that the victims were intercepted and killed in Bultaram village on their way back to Damaturu.
“They opened fire on all of them, we believe they cannot be soldiers but insurgents dressed in military camouflage,” he said.
He revealed that the bodies of the victims had not been buried as their relations were awaiting clearance from the military authorities operating in the area.
One of the indigenes of the area, who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity in Damaturu, said, “We all received the good news that the military had taken over the place. That is why they went.”
The councillor representing Ngirbua, Malam Baba Nuhu, told journalists in Damaturu that they had reported the incident to security agencies.
“I don’t know whether they contacted the security agencies before embarking on the journey. Seventeen of those killed were from Lazarawa, two from Ngirbua, one from Maram and one from Garim Kuyama,” he added.
He advised the people to clear with security operatives before embarking on similar journeys.