UN retracts ‘110’ casualty figure of slain Borno farmers


The United Nations (UN) has withdrawn the initial casualty figure of ‘110’ farmers killed in Borno state.

Earlier, major news outlets including Ekocitymagazine reported that 43 farmers were killed On Saturday by suspecte Boko haram members in Zabarmari community in Jere local government area of the state.

Babagana Zulum, governor of the state, during the burial ceremony, had said more than 40 farmers  were killed while they were working on their farmlands.

However, the UN had released a statement, on Sunday, which quoted Edward Kallon, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, claiming that “ at least 110 were killed contrary to 43 been reported.

The UN statement went viral and was published by major newspapers in the country.

But in a U -turn manner, in a statement on Monday, the UN clarified its earlier position, saying the figure was not yet confirmed.

Eve Sabbagh, UN’s head of public information in Nigeria, said the “110 casualty figure” was not properly sourced.

The UN had also published another statement, replacing the figure with  “tens of civilians”, while other parts of the piece remains the same.

“Please note the number of 110 civilians killed on Saturday’s attack is an unconfirmed number and the correct version of the statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is the one published yesterday on Reliefweb and used on OCHA Nigeria’s Twitter account,” Sabbagh said

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