At least, eight unsuspecting villagers were killed yesterday, by military airstrikes in Kurebe Village under Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, WikkiTimes can report.
The slain villagers include seven males and one unmarried female. Discrete sources in the village told WikkiTimes they are still combing a nearby forest for possible “additional casualties.”
The victims were identified as Alhaji Ibrahim Tanimu, Mustapha Hamisu, Iliya Shuaibu, Aminu Guda, Basiru Dalami, Luka Goje, Sahabi Isiya and Asmau Audi.
Erstwhile military raid on Kurebe
Yesterday’s incident came four month after airstrike killed six minor girls in Kurebe. The girls identified as Maryam Lawal, Hafeezah Basiru, Shamsiyah Lawal, Shafaatu Jamilu, Asmau Isa, and Hakumi Danlami were killed near a mobile borehole situated somewhere in the village. They would be buried in three graves.
However, the military argued that they worked based on security intelligence that the community was harbouring terrorist elements loyal to Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).
After mindlessly killing the minors, the Niger State government and Nigerian Air Force denied it. Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), described the news as fake. However, an investigation by Premium Times, unveiled how the government silenced the relatives of the slain minors.
Edward Gabkwet, the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force did not respond to calls. At press time, he has not responded to an enquiry sent to him. Also, Matane, the Niger State SSG was not available for comments.