8 May 2016
Seven persons have reportedly been killed landmines suspected to have been planted by fleeing Boko Haram militants. The victims were killed returning from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Goniri town, Yobe state.
The Yobe State Commissioner of Home Affairs, Aji Bularafa confirmed the tragedy to Channels Television, stating that the returnees were clearing their farmlands in preparation for the cropping season, when they met their untimely death due to the explosive devices buried in the farmland, killing seven of them.
The victims had returned to their places of abode sequel to relative peace in their area after it was recaptured by security forces. The state government through its Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to embark on an awareness campaign to educate residents of Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Geidam and Yunusari Local Government Areas that have been victims of the attack. The residents would be advised to take extra care while farming as the terrorists could have possibly planted explosives on their farmlands.
The Commissioner suggested that the explosives might have been planted there for a while since the Boko Haram insurgents had resided there over the years.
Other than the farmlands, he explained that residents need to be careful even in their houses, as there is a possibility that some explosives were planted while they were fleeing the area.
Bularafa added that residents also need to be observant while carrying out farming activities so they can contact security agents to deploy bomb detectives to areas or suspected spots, so they can aid confirmation and diffusion of such bombs.