A totally different report has emerged from the incident that led to the killing of rice farmers in Borno State last weekend by Boko Haram terrorists.
According to a source in the community, most of the victims were informants and logistics suppliers to the insurgents.
Following the incident, the state Governor, Babagana Zulum, had on Thursday, disbursed the sum of N600,000 to family members of the slain farmers.
A local Zarbamari, Mallam Kabiru Zanna, who spoke with Daily Post, claimed that most of the victims are collaborators of Boko Haram who hailed from Zamfara and Sokoto States and not farmers.
“The people that were killed were logistics suppliers and collaborators with Boko Haram. They supply them food and fuel. They also help the insurgents in selling rustled cows”, he said.
“Last week, these same people were on their way to meeting the insurgents for business when they were accosted by soldiers and after the soldiers couldn’t find anything on them they let them go.”
“Meanwhile, the insurgents who were waiting saw them with the troops who later killed 5 of them after an ambush, so the insurgents accused those guys of providing Intel to the soldiers. This is the main reason why the terrorists began killing them.”
Zanna, who has been keeping tabs with activities of Boko Haram in the state, said, though some that were killed were innocent, “but very few of them. I swear most of them are traders with the insurgents. None of them is a rice farmer, they are all in trade with the insurgents”.