Reports suggest six people have died and a church burnt in Chibok local government area of Borno state after suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria) also known as Church of the Brethren in northeastern Nigeria.
The insurgents attacked on Christmas eve, on Thursday when most of the villagers were preparing for the celebrations.
Villagers said the insurgents came in around 5:30pm through Gogombi and burnt about six cars and five other houses of the church.
“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.
“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.”
“Soldiers from 117 task force battalion in Chibok were mobilised, but they got here around 8pm, probably because of the distance as Pemi is about 17 kilometres away from Chibok,” a source said.
He added that things are now under control as the military is putting in effort to secure the Chibok general area.
The Nigerian army is yet to issue a statement on the attack.