Locals said the Boko Haram insurgents drove into the agrarian village in many trucks and started attacking residents, destroying their houses and carting away foodstuff, and livestock in the trucks that brought them.

Jabir Usman, a local farmer, who said he managed to escape the attack, told reporters in Maiduguri that “from what we counted so far, 45 men have been killed and there are others that died in the bushes due to excessive bleeding after sustaining bullet injuries”.

Shettima Lawan, who is the caretaker chairman of Mafa local government area, was distraught when he confirmed the development to journalists in Maiduguri.

“There is no compulsion in religion and I am still searching for motives behind mass killing and destruction by some people under the guise of entrenching certain religion,” Mr. Lawan said. “I wish to appeal to the Federal Government to take urgent steps and rescue our people from imminent extinction.

“As you can see, more than half of the village have been destroyed…we are still picking our pieces and looking for our missing people, especially those who could not be seen in Maiduguri,” one of the elders said.

Mafa town is about 40 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

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