About 12 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dikwa, an outskirt of Borno State, were killed by waylaying fighters of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), while combing troubled areas for scrap metals.
WikkiTimes learnt that the deceased IDPs had alternated scavenging since the incessant insurgency continues to threaten farming activities in the region.
A security source told HumAngle, the slain IDPs had gone to pick scrap metals “from abandoned or destroyed vehicles by the military or the Boko Haram terrorists when they were attacked.”
He said: “You know, due to lack of safe spaces for farming which left a lot of our villagers in hunger, many of our youth had resort to risking their lives by sneaking to locations where they know they could find abandoned vehicles so that they could get some of the parts to be sold in the scrap metal market.”
The decomposed bodies of the deceased were buried according to Islamic rite on Wednesday, a day after they were waylaid.
According to the source, Shehu of Dikwa (a monarch) was among the congregation who took part in the funeral.
He said local hunters and civilian joint task force were mobilised to evacuate the bodies following a hint by survivors of the attack.
Ismilu Mohammed, the Borno State police spokesman was not available for comment as of press time.