BY SIMON ATEBA/WASHINGTON DC
A village head in Nigeria and his son were on Wednesday morning killed by Boko Haram in Cameroon’s far north where they had found refuge, authoritative Cameroonian newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, has reported.
Identified only as Musa, the head of Doglo village in Nigeria, along with his son, were killed by Boko Haram terrorists at Fadje Fota, a locality in Cameroon’s far north, not very far from the Nigerian border.
They had arrived there exactly to avoid being caught in the Boko Haram atrocities, but ended up being killed anyway, as the terrorists continue to expand their quest to establish a caliphate in the Lake Chad Basin.
Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in Cameroon and Nigeria in recent weeks and months, killing many people in suicide bombings and gun attacks and putting a lie to claims by Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari that the ISIS’ partners in death in West and Central Africa had been defeated.
A landmine on Tuesday killed a Cameroonian soldier. Several bomb blasts have occurred in recent days and weeks in Nigeria and Cameroon.
In all, Boko Haram has massacred over 25, 000 people in Nigeria since 2009 and more than two million people displaced there are still in IDPs’ camps. Thousands of people have also been kidnapped and many remain missing till date, including more than100 Chibok girls abducted from their school dormitory in Chibok in 2014.
In Cameroon, more than 2000 civilians and hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed by Boko Haram since 2014 in over 500 suicide bombings and gun attacks.
Despite reassurances by longtime President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, that the terrorists who pledged allegiance of the Islamic State in 2015 would soon be wiped out, killings and displacements of civilians have continued.
Mr. Biya, who has been in power for 35 years and spends months on vacation abroad, has not set foot in Cameroon’s far north even though his countrymen have been experiencing hell brought to them by Boko Haram.
Worse, when over 30 Cameroonian soldiers were killed by Boko Haram, and their bodies brought close to the Presidential palace in Cameroon, Mr. Biya did not even attend an event organised to honour them.
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