It was a tragic Christmas Eve for the chibok community as Suspected Boko Haram members invaded the community killing six people and also burnt down the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria in Pemi, a ward under Chibok local government area of Borno state.
According to the cable, the insurgents caught the residents off guard attacking on Thursday, on Christmas eve when most of the villagers were preparing for the celebrations.
TheCable also reported that about six cars and five other houses of the church were brunt, based on some of the villagers account on Friday morning.
“The insurgents came in around 5:30 pm through Gogombi,” one of the villagers said. Advertisement
“They came in batches of two. The first came in with a motorcycle while the other came in heavy vehicles. As soon as they entered the village, they started shooting sporadically and towards the EYN church.
“Then they set it on fire. They also torched six cars and five other buildings around the church. Some of us ran to the bush, but unfortunately six people were killed in the attack. Christians were to observe Christmas prayers in the church this morning.”
Unfortunately for the residents, the military, arrived at the scene hours after the insurgents had left due to the distance of the village to chibok
“Soldiers from 117 task force battalion in Chibok were mobilised, but they got here around 8pm, probably because of the distance as Pemi is about 17 kilometres away from Chibok,” another source said.
He added that things are now under control as the military is putting in effort to secure the Chibok general area.
It would be recalled that just in Tuesday, the Department of State Services (DSS) raised the alarm over the “plot to bomb some places” during Yulet. Chibok is a familiar name with Nigerians, as it would be remembered with the 2014 invasion by Boko Haram when the terrorists group kidnapped over 200 school girls some of who are yet to be back.