Despite assurances by the Police high command that it was battle-ready to secure the lives and property of Nigerians, especially during this yuletide season, reports indicate that the dreaded terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, on Thursday (Christmas eve) attacked Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria Church (Church of the Brethren) at Pemi village in the Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State killing six.
This is coming on the heels of a report credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, wherein he gave his administration a pass mark for defeating insurgents in the country, especially in the North-East state of Borno State.
The Department of State Security Services, (DSS) also on Tuesday alerted Nigerians about intelligence reports which indicated a possible attack on places of worship by the terrorist group. It, however, assured the nation that security agencies had taken measures to thwart the plot and ensure the security of lives.
Despite all these, however, the devilish group reportedly burnt down the church where natives were busy preparing for Christmas celebrations.
The Cable, an online newspaper, confirmed that six cars and five houses belonging to the Church were razed.
“The insurgents came in around 5:30 pm through Gogombi. 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,” on of the survivours said.
“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”, it added.
However, the task force battalion reached around 8 pm, according to the report.