By Bode Olushegun
Seven members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and local hunters were killed on Sunday in a remote village of Chibok local government area in Borno State, Northeast of Nigeria.
According to a resident of Chibok local government area, who spoke anonymously to our correspondent, the slain men engaged suspected Boko Haram insurgents who came on Sunday morning with the intention of looting Takulashe.
He said the terrorist group stormed Takulashe about 9 am on Sunday, shot into the air to scare off the villagers, after which they broke into homes to steal foodstuff and livestock.
He said they were engaged by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and local hunters who prevented the hoodlums from doing major damage.
He lamented that at the end of the engagement, which took over an hour, seven men believed to be Civilian JTF and local hunters had been felled.
He however said that the number of casualties from the insurgents could not be ascertained as they went away with their corpses.
A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force who was involved in the stand-off and evacuation of the casualties, while not identifying those killed in the attack, said the insurgents rained bullets on the village.
He said seven dead bodies had so far been evacuated from the village, but added that the search-and-rescue operations were ongoing as at the time he spoke with our correspondent about 5 pm on Sunday.
He said the insurgents looted and carted away foodstuff and livestock as the helpless villagers ran into the bush.
He lamented that members of the CJTF and vigilance group engaged the insurgents but were overpowered.
He said “many of my colleagues are still missing after the attacks that lasted for over an hour.”
Attempt to confirm the incident from both police and military authorities were unsuccessful as of the time of filing the report on Sunday evening.
Spokespersons of both the Police and military authorities had yet to respond to calls to them.