The corpses of eighty-one Boko Haram victims has been retrieved and buried by the Bama local government area of Borno state.
The bodies were dumped by the insurgents in the Yadzaram river after the terrorists captured Bama town on Monday, September 1, 2014.
Alhaji Ali Gujja, the chairman of Bama LGA, said the remains which were mainly skeletons, were buried on by the council officials on Thursday, November 26. While speaking with journalists on Thursday, Gujja added that the skeletons were exhumed along the river beds by volunteers and some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
The LG chairman explained that the corpses could not be retrieved from the flowing river immediately after the killings because of insecurity in Bama. He said the corpses were floating on the river for so long while some laid on the river beds for over a year.
The LG chairman stated that some volunteers and members of CJTF exhumed the remains of the 81 victims. He lamented that the insurgents dumped several bodies of residents in two cement wells in three wards of Bama.
Gujja said following the killings, the affected wells had been sealed up and their environs fumigated to prevent further outbreak of air and water-borne diseases in the town. Meanwhile, newly liberated towns of Borno state are to get new supplies of relief materials.
Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, the Northeast zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), made this know on Wednesday, November 25. The Punch reports that this was the second time the agency would be distributing relief items to people of Dikwa.
According to Kanar, the agency will be moving into Bama, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Marte and Baga local government areas to distribute relief materials. Kanar, noted in an address to the internally displaced persons, rehabilitation of structures destroyed in the fray will commence as soon as the agency gets final clearance from the military.
Still regarding the issue of insurgency within Borno state, the government has revealed shocking details of how much territory the jihadists still had under their control.