The leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, in a video released on Tuesday, 2nd December, 2020, confirmed the group was responsible for the gruesome slaughter of rice farmers in Kwashebe, Zabarmari axis of Jere Local Government Area, Borno State.
In the three-minute video, Shekau stated that the group killed 78 farmers because “the farmers arrested and handed over one of its brothers to the Nigerian Army.”
He warned the public to desist from arresting its members and also giving out intelligence on their activities to the military, else, they will face the same fate.
According to Shekau, “The third message is on those who notoriously nab our brethren and hand them to the military or give them a clue on us, you should know that, unless you repent, what happened to your people is awaiting you.”
On Saturday, November 28, 2020, the terrorists attacked rice farms in Zabarmari around 11a.m, tied up the farmers and slit their throats. Reports said the casualties were 43, including children, but in a conflicting report, the UN humanitarian coordinator, Edward Kallon, said at least 110 people were killed in the attack.
The recovered bodies of 43 slain rice farmers in the attack were laid to rest on Sunday, November 29, 2020, amid wailing and tears by residents of the community. Speaking at the funeral, the Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, said he was informed the death toll could be more than 70 because some of the farmers were still missing.
In Shekau’s video on Tuesday, he confirmed the group killed a total of 78 farmers on Saturday.