Massacre of Over 70 Farmers in Nigeria a Major Tragedy – VP Osinbajo

Scores of bodies during a mass burial for victims of last weekend's massacre of farm workers just outside Maiduguri, Borno State in the North of Nigeria. The burial rites had in attendance Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum.

Vice President (VP) of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo says the brutal slaughtering of at least 43 farmers, who have been buried last weekend, just outside of Borno State capital, Maiduguri last week is a major tragedy.

The VP expressed sadness over the ugly incident in while speaking to newsmen in Abuja Wednesday.

“We suffered a major tragedy when terrorists attacked the Borno Farming Community. As a brother, father and Nigerian, I am incredibly devastated by these acts of violence.



“The President and I acknowledge that we must continually review the conventional means of dealing with some of these security challenges, especially the randomness.”

Commenting on the measure to curtail tragic occurrences as this, VP Osinbajo indicated optimism that strengthening local intelligence and community policing will be effective.

“I have spoken to Governor Babagana Zulum and former Governor Kashim Shettima. A lot more focus will be placed on local intelligence and community policing so we receive information quickly and react faster.

Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the farming community in Borno State. We will ensure justice is served.


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On Tuesday, terrorist group, Boko Haram claimed responsibility in a video for the brutal attack on the farm workers in Northern Nigeria just as the death toll rose to 76. The Commissioner for Information in Borno State, Babakura Abba Jatau confirmed the rise in the number of victims of the massacre as search for more bodies began after the burial of the initial confirmed 43 corpses.

Gunmen on motorbikes according to villagers, attacked farmers on a rice field near Zabarmari village.