Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State had on Wednesday paid a solidarity visit with three other northern governors to the people of Mafa Local Government Area attacked by Boko haram and barely two hours later, another set of terrorists invaded the area.
Mafa had been attacked last Monday by the dreaded Boko Haram where about 39 people lost their lives while the local government secretariat, schools, mosque, houses, shops, vehicles and telecommunication masts among others were set on fire by the insurgents.
After Gov. Shettima's visit, the terrorists stormed the area at about 4:45pm, killing and injuring many people before going ahead to burn down the remaining structures on ground.
A source said that immediately after governor Shettima’s convoy left Mafa Council headquarters, the sect re-ambushed Mafa and it’s environs which left many people dead and several others injured.According to a security source, the gunmen numbering over 30 first ambushed security patrol vehicles that were on their way to Marte Local Government Area where they exchanged gunfire with the troops before invading Mafa and other surrounding villages.
The actual number of casualties is yet unknown as both innocent civilians, security agents and some of the terrorists were killed during the encounter.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer ( DSP) Gideon Jubrin said he is not aware of the incident, but Governor Shettima’s Media aide, Isa Umar Gusau said, “there was a reported explosion at the outskirt of Mafa town on Wednesday some hours after the governor paid a sympathy visit to the council headquarters on Wednesday over the Boko Haram deadly attack last Monday”.