Not less than 35 decomposing bodies have were discovered on Monday in the Zabarmari area of Borno State where Boko Haram killed some Nigerian rice farmers on Saturday.
The fresh discoveries which bring the total figures already accounted for to 78 are coming after the 43 as reported earlier were buried at the event attended by Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.
However, another batch of decomposing bodies have been discovered by troops and operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) according to a report monitored by Naija News on Hum Angle.
It will be recalled the United Nations had also in its report about the incident, said at least 110 persons were killed by the Boko Haram fighters while several others were injured.
“I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri. At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” Edward Kallon, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria had declared.
However, the Defence Headquarters dismissed the UN report as its spokesperson, Maj. Gen. John Enenche insisted that only 43 corpses were recovered from the incident scene in Zabarmari.
“I knew it (the issue) is going to come up particularly because it is coming from the United Nations and not a source that does not want to be identified. This is a source that has identified itself that a 110 specifically (were murdered),” Enenche said.
Enenche, however, explained that he contacted the field commandants and “they gave me a synopsis of what happened. When the governor was to go (to the scene) and after they had recovered the dead, the troops had to move in there and they counted 43.”
Meanwhile, the incident which has sparked massive public outcry by Nigerians has seen the citizens calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the service chiefs.