- Cameroonian troops chased suspected members of the Boko Haram sect
- Bullets from the shootings killed at least 40 villagers
- Villagers who are still trapped in Gwadale community narrated their ordeal
At least 40 villagers in Gwadale border community in Gwoza local government area of Borno state were allegedly killed on Monday, January 25, by Cameroonian soldiers.
According to witnesses, bullets from the shootings killed many innocent people by Cameroonian troops who claimed they were chasing suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.
Leadership reports that Muhammad Abba, a former ward secretary, said that he received a chilling call from his relatives who are still trapped in the community.
“I still have my family, including my eldest son, there in Gwadale. But those that called me yesterday using the Cameroonian mobile network said most of the corpses are still left unattended.
“One of my brothers who survived the shootout said the Cameroonian soldiers arrived Gwadale in early hours of Monday, and began to shoot sporadically. Most of our people who ran out of their houses in fear were killed by bullets; up till now, as they said, corpses still litter the grounds with no one attending to them, because those remaining in the village are aged men and women.
“I have not heard from my eldest son since the attack; and those that called said they had run into Ashigashiya,” he said.
Confirming the incident, Muhammed Gava, the spokesman of the vigilante group in the area, said: “Our people are being killed by Boko Haram and Cameroonian soldiers, yet our government is watching.”
This is the third time troops of the Cameroonian troops are being accused of reckless cross border activities.
In November 2015, Cameroonian troops were said to have crossed the border into the Nigeria, killed about 150 villagers and burnt their houses.
A similar incident happened in December 2015, when more than 70 Nigerians were reportedly killed by the Cameroonian soldiers who invaded Kirawa-Jimni village in Gwoza local government area of Borno state.