Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has said the Boko Haram terrorist group is killing residents of the State for exposing them to the military.
Babagana, who stated this through his spokesman, Isa Gusau, dismissed claims that the people of the State were not cooperating or giving intelligence to the military.
Gusau, in a tweet, recalled that Boko Haram confirmed that its fighters killed Zabarmari farmers for giving out intelligence to the military.
He wrote: “This is one of many consequences of Borno peoples’ cooperation in years now. Many have died for giving intelligence to soldiers, yet the communities won’t stop. Many have followed soldiers to the battles and died, yet they won’t stop. Let us hear one idiot accuse the Borno people again.
“They said Borno people do not cooperate but here is the latest example; the Boko Haram just announced that they beheaded dozens of Zabarmari farmers for informing soldiers about their movement and for capturing one of their men and handing over to soldiers recently.”
Boko Haram had killed several rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of the state.
Claiming responsibility for the massacre, a commander of the terrorist group had said the farmers were killed because they apprehended their member and handed him over to the military.
Since the incident was made public over the weekend, the death toll has risen to about 110.