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- Peace culture and conflict management
- Human rights
- Civic culture and citizenship
- Democracy and good governance
- Gender and development
- Public health, the environment and sustainable development
- Regional integration
- The importance of gender
- Critical thinking
- Social responsibility
- 04/09/15--11:18: Cameroon: Cameroon response plan
Ensure safe access to territory
Transfer refugees from border areas to designated camps
Assure the legal, physical and social protection of the refugees
Ensure the basic needs of new arrivals are met (food,WASH, health, shelters)
- 04/09/15--11:21: Niger: Niger response plan
- 04/10/15--02:47: Niger: Niger SRP 2015: Funding Status as of 10 April 2015
- 04/10/15--02:53: Niger: Niger: Chiffres clés (au 09 avril 2015)
- 04/10/15--05:47: Niger: Niger: Accès Humanitaire (avril 2015)
- 04/10/15--06:13: Niger: Sahel Crisis 2015: Funding Status as of 10 April 2015
Des cas d’infections de grippe aviaire confirmés le 31 mars 2015 au Burkina Faso
A la date du 31 mars 2015, deux régions et deux provinces sont concernées : le Kadiogo dans la région du Centre et le Sanguié dans la région du Centre ouest
Mortalités à la date du 01 avril 2015 : 115.000 volailles
Tenue d’une réunion de concertation le mercredi 08 avril 2015 à la FAO
Fermeture des frontières ivoiriennes et maliennes et refoulement de 30.000 volailles par la Côte-D’ivoire
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Violence in North-East Nigeria continues to escalate; in early 2015 insurgents carried out deadly armed attacks in the states of Bauchi, Gombe, Kano and Taraba resulting in territorial gains.
As a result of the violence more than 192,000 people have fled the country, and are currently seeking safety and protection in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. These countries have also been directly affected by the on-going violence, with cross-border attacks by armed groups leading to internal displacement in both Northern Cameroon and the Diffa Region of Niger. In response, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, members of The Lake Chad Basin Commission, have engaged their armed forces in the fight against insurgency.
The recent peaceful election of General Mohammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria, will also likely impact on the overall security situation in the North in the coming months.General Buhari emphasized his commitment to defeating insurgents on the day he was announced winner of the presidential elections. It is possible that military action to reclaim territory could result in further displacement, or equally that increased security in the North leads to spontaneous return. Nevertheless, Insurgent attacks and military counter attacks are expected to continue over the coming months and as a result UNHCR and its partners are preparing for further displacement both within and outside of Nigeria.
This second Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) is integral to this preparation and the on-going response; providing a framework for how emergency assistance can be provided to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of populations fleeing violence in Northern Nigeria. Responses to the protection concerns, as well as fulfilling basic needs and providing access to essential services (such as safety, food & non-food assistance, healthcare and education) are central to this plan.
Response partners will continue to mobilize support for an inter-agency response to the deteriorating refugee situation in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. UNHCR, together with the governments of the countries of asylum, will continue to implement protection monitoring activities and coordinate emergency assistance in close collaboration with UN agencies, international and national non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society partners.
This RRRP presents an overview of the requirements of all partners identified in the inter-agency response, and calls for both resource mobilization to facilitate a timely and effective response based on the operating principles of collaboration, coordination and complementarity amongst all stakeholders.
April 9 2015: West African regional organisation Ecowas has launched a new manual on peacebuilding. Oumarou Gado, Insight on Conflict's Local Correspondent in Niger, discusses how it might be used to train a new generation of young peacebuilders.
Faced with increasing tension and security threats in Africa – and the problems they might cause for development in its member states – the Economic Community of West African states has inaugurated a new peacebuilding project: the “Consolidation of Ecowas policy to support the promotion of education on human rights, citizenship, democracy and regional integration.”
The project will operate in all 15 Ecowas member states, but in particular those that have experienced conflict. The approach takes as its inspiration the founding charter of Unesco – highlighting that “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.”
Ecowas has in this spirit launched an online self-study course, on peace education and training for schools to use in its region.
In Niger, the primary education ministry is in charge of introducing the work of the associated peace development manual, in conjunction with the Niamey branch of Unesco. It has been published in French as well as Hausa and Zarma, and will be integrated into formal schooling in order to help make young people aware of different methods of conflict prevention. Edited with Unesco’s help, the manual contains seven modules, on:
Each module contains a range of teaching materials and methods to allow different Ecowas states to implement it according to local needs.
There is a strong focus throughout on a key set of values:
The Nigerien context
The manual is a step in the right direction and could certainly help train a new generation of citizen peacebuilders. In Niger, the adoption of this manual will take place in a specific context. Demonstrations organised by students within the framework of the Union de Scolaires Nigériens have often led to violence, including the destruction of goods and property, such as traffic lights, street furniture and cars and other vehicles.
This has often led to the arrest of students, and endless trials which hold up their academic and personal development.
At the regional level, if Niger has for a long time been considered a welcoming and relatively peaceful country, it has in recent years seen armed conflicts linked to regional, ethnic and political claims.
It is currently surrounded by states in conflict or post-conflict situations, with whom Niger shares a communal history and culture. And Niger continues to face many difficulties, in particular with difficulties arising from the recruitment of young people by armed groups encroaching on the Sahelian region, such as Boko Haram.
While it may be true that these young people are recruited because of the lure of easy money, many analysts agree that they also have little in the way of education or training on the benefits of peace.
Nigerian teachers and academics are quickly familiarising themselves with the new manual, which builds on a discipline already well integrated into Nigerien education – moral and civic duty, or citizenship.
The arrival of the new course is therefore a welcome addition to African social values such as respect for elders, the rejection of lying and stealing, and the value of work and bravery.
Classroom concepts: training peacebuilders of the future
Students in primary schools in particular will now have lessons and group work based on all of these concepts, working towards creating a national culture of peace.
For example, each morning half an hour of class will be dedicated to discussing ideas such as tolerance, pluralism, respect for different views and the role of citizens in public life.
Clearly, it is premature to speculate on the impact of such work. But the idea of inculcating these values into young people can only help see the emergence of a new generation, committed to open-mindedness and the value in living life as part of a group, without destroying the peace and prosperity of others.
Beyond this, there will be an inherent value in the eyes of young people who have already been affected by conflict and violence, who have seen tragedy and death. Working to improve the future is one way of healing the wounds of the past.
INTER-AGENCY REGIONAL REFUGEE RESPONSE AT A GLANCE
The aim of the appeal is to continue to mobilize support for a response to a deteriorating situation in Nigeria that worsened as insurgents expanded their deadly attacks also in the neighboring countries: Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Today with over a 1.2 million IDPs in Nigeria and over 192,000 have crossed the border to these neighbouring countries seeking safety and protection and the absorption capacity of the crisis by the region and the available basic services are overstretched.
Dans le cadre de la coopération avec le Gouvernement mauritanien et du soutien qu’il apporte à l’action des partenaires humanitaires et de développement, le Gouvernement du Japon a décidé d’accorder un financement de 11,8 millions de Dollars américains à cinq projets d’assistance aux populations en Mauritanie et de 9,105 millions de Dollars à cinq projets d’envergure régionale.
Cinq agences du Système des Nations Unies (UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, PAM, et PNUD) vont ainsi bénéficier de fonds au niveau national, tandis que des projets d’OCHA, du PNUD, d’UNITAR, d’OIM et d’ONUDC recevront également une contribution du Gouvernement du Japon au niveau régional incluant la Mauritanie.
L’annonce des financements a été faite le 07/04/2015 à Nouakchott au cours d’une cérémonie officielle par l’Ambassadeur du Japon en Mauritanie en présence de membres du Gouvernement, des représentants du Système des Nations Unies, des partenaires aux développements et de la presse.
Le partenariat UNFPA – japon initié en 2014 en appui à la santé maternelle dans 5 régions de la Mauritanie pour qu’aucune femme ne meurt en donnant la vie, a permis d’obtenir d’excellents résultats à la satisfaction générale des populations et des autorités sanitaires. Un projet financé par le Japon à hauteur de 1 200 000 dollars.
Les témoignages des populations bénéficiaires, des autorités sanitaires et le renforcement des capacités techniques des structures et prestataires de services ont été documentés à travers un film de 06 mn auquel renvoie le lien suivant :
Le partenariat UNFPA – Japon va se poursuivre en 2015 avec la mise en œuvre d’un nouveau projet d’appui à la santé maternelle qui couvre les 2 grandes régions des Hodhs. Un projet financé à hauteur de 900 000 dollars.
Depuis les premières semaines du mois de Janvier 2015, plus de 18,131 personnes1 sont arrivées dans la région du Lac à l’Ouest du Tchad, fuyant les attaques du groupe islamiste Boko-Haram perpétrées dans les villages frontaliers du nord du Nigéria. Parmi ces personnes, 8,4971 réfugiés sont déjà enregistrées par le HCR/CNARR à ce jour. A ces chiffres s’ajoutent quelques 1,046 2retournés Tchadiens et 2,670 déplacés internes (IDPs) qui vivaient au Nigéria. Ces nombres restent à préciser. Selon les autorités, il y aurait également un nombre de déplacés internes et retournés répandus dans la zone, ayant fui les îles frontalières où la situation sécuritaire reste précaire.
Pour la protection et la sécurité des réfugiés Nigérians, Le site de Dar Es Salam a été attribué pour la relocalisation des réfugiés Nigérian au Tchad afin d’y coordonner l’assistance. Ce site de 232 ha est situé à 10km de Bagasola et environ 70km de la frontière Nigériane.
En plus des réfugiés Nigérians, le Tchad accueille plus 460,000 réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile (les réfugiés Soudanais à l’Est-, les réfugiés Centrafricains au Sud et les réfugiés urbains à Ndjamena) et plus de 113,5423 retournés Tchadiens de la RCA.
Several attacks of Boko Haram at Ngouboua and surrounding areas in February and March 2015, prompted the refugee hosted in the site of Kousseri to relocate to a safer area of Bagasola. As of 31 March, one thousand refugees arrived spontaneously or were relocated by the UNHCR, CNARR and local authorities to Dar Es Salam.
Since Boko Haram attacks, in January 2015, the military installations and the civilian populations in and around the northeastern Nigerian town of Bagakawa, more than 15,000 Nigerian refugees have sought protection in Chad, many of them in the small islands scattered in the Lake.
While a number of refugees crossed the Lake and arrived in Chad, others fled to the northern parts of Cameroon and Niger. Repeated attacks in northern Cameroon, forced some of the hosting Cameroonian population and Nigerian refugees to flee into Chadian territory, most specifically into the Mayo Kebbi East area, at 235 km South of Ndjamena where 1,312 persons are presently relocated.
The volatile security conditions in and around the islands scattered in Lake Chad (including the village of Ngouboua and Tchoukoutalia) and difficult access to these areas prompted the Government of Chad to allocate the site of Dar Es Salam, located some 12 km from Bagasola, for the accommodation of Nigerian refugees.
As of 31 March 2015, Chad is hosting 18,131 Nigerian refugees among whom more than 15,000 arrived in 2015. To date some 4,714 Nigerian refugees are living in Dar Es Salam. In addition to over 110,000 Chadian In addition to 113,000 Chadian Returnees, Chad is hosting, 452,897 iirefugees (including 357,000 Sudanese refugees in Eastern Chad and over 90,000 CAR refugees in Southern Chad) and 1,800 Asylum seekers mostly located in the capital Ndjamena. Many refugees have stayed in Chad for more than a decade and are thus facing a protracted situation.
- “fast lane” assistance - emergency activities in the sectors of shelter, health, water, food and non-food items, protection and the set-up and maintenance of camps/ sites for refugees
- “slow lane” assistance - support the resilience of individuals and to strengthen he access for all to the basic social services and needs
Dakar – 9 April 2015 – Today, United Nations Agencies and non-governmental organizations are launching the Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) for Nigerian refugees. This appeal is urgently seeking USD 174.4 million to protect and assist some 192,000 people who have fled brutal attacks by insurgents in north-eastern Nigeria. The plan also foresees to respond to any additional population movements to the neighbouring countries.
The appeal is seeking funds to provide life-saving assistance to at least 74,000 Nigerians who have found refuge in northern Cameroon, to 18,000 in south-west Chad and to some 100,000 people – a mix of Nigerian refugees and returning Niger nationals – in Niger.
While the recent peaceful democratic presidential elections are hoped to help restore a safer environment in Nigeria, the north-eastern region remains volatile. Deadly attacks by insurgents on villages and civilians, kidnapping, impunity and counter insurgency operations continue to trigger displacement. An additional 1.2 million people are also displaced within Nigeria as a direct result of violence, mainly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.
"Displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria and across borders are in a very dramatic situation, they fear for their lives, and are at this point unable to return to their homes", stressed Liz Ahua, UNHCR's Regional Representative for West Africa and Coordinator for the Nigeria Refugee situation. "We need more financial support to continue to help the refugees and to plan for increased aid in case of more people fleeing for safety outside Nigeria".
Aid agencies are struggling to upscale and maintain basic services to refugees in camps, including shelter and food, access to health and education, as well as to clean water and sanitation. In the refugee camps, thousands of school-age refugee children cannot attend school because of lack of classrooms and teachers.
The need for mental health support is also great as many people have survived physical assaults or witnessed extreme violence on loved ones. The conflict has had a devastating impact on children, including many who were forcibly recruited by the insurgents in Nigeria. Others experienced attacks on their schools and many were separated from their families during the displacement.
While this Regional Appeal for the Nigeria situation presents the needs of 23 UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to help the refugees, it also seeks support to assist host communities in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. They have been receiving refugees for the past two years, mostly in remote and underdeveloped border areas, and have generously shared their meager resources. The host communities are now also in dire need of assistance.
"Adequate funding is crucial to make sure aid agencies can improve the living conditions for refugees in asylum countries and respond to their protection needs" stresses Liz Ahua. "We relocate refugees away from the conflict border areas, and establish additional refugee camps where needed".
The humanitarian community will continue to ensure, with the Governments concerned, that people fleeing for their lives can have unhindered access to asylum and that their rights are respected.
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7425th Meeting* (AM)
The international community must continue to support dialogue between the Malian parties to achieve a political solution to the crisis to which they would all adhere, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the Security Council this morning.
“The crisis in Mali can only be resolved through an inclusive and viable political agreement that can be implemented,” Hervé Ladsous said at a briefing following which the Foreign Minister of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop, also spoke.
Mr. Ladsous underlined the historical opportunity currently present in Mali because the international community had shown willingness to accompanying the parties in reaching and implementing a peace agreement. He called on the parties to seize that opportunity to reach a settlement.
Introducing the Secretary-General’s 27 March report on Mali (document S/2015/219), he said that two of the three Malian parties — the Government and the so-called “Platform” of northern movements — had initialled the text of a draft peace agreement on 1 March, following the fifth round of inter-Malian dialogue in Algiers.
The other coalition of northern movements known as the “Coordination”, however, requested more time to consult with their constituency, he said. Talks had continued between the Coordination and the international mediators, and the coalition had indicated it, too, would sign on next week on the understanding that further talks to clarify modalities of the agreement would follow. That was not certain at this point however, he cautioned.
As progress towards a negotiated solution advanced, he stressed, it was critical that the Malian parties, supported by the mediators, begin putting in place a detailed framework and calendar of implementation. Clear and robust implementation mechanisms would build confidence, he said.
Unfortunately, he said, the security situation remained a challenge, although, on 19 February, the parties recommitted themselves to the ceasefire and it was holding so far. No party should seek to gain ground militarily as peace was only possible through negotiation, and he urged those that had not cooperated with the ceasefire monitoring bodies to do so.
He described what he called serious incidents, not just in the north, but also in the capital city, Bamako, and elsewhere. “Extremism and criminality thrive in the lack of law and order,” he said, stressing that it was critical that all parties distance themselves from violent, illicit activities. The Security Council must also emphasize that point, and he also pointed out that, since the last Council meeting on Mali, three more peacekeepers had lost their lives.
Speaking on deployment of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), he said efforts were ongoing to scale up operations in the northern regions. The military component had now reached 80 per cent of authorized deployment and that figure should rise significantly in the weeks to come. At the same time, infrastructure was being built, though hampered by security challenges.
Outreach to local populations was an important component of the Mission’s work, he said, with radio broadcasts in local languages having begun in February. To continue such efforts, budgetary support was needed, for which strong endorsement by the Council would be helpful.
Taking the floor after Mr. Ladsous, Mr. Diop thanked all those working for the stability of his country, paying homage to those who had given their lives in Mali, “for the defence of human dignity, liberty and democracy”. He objected, however, to the statement in the Secretary-General’s report that all parties had violated the ceasefire. “I have to underline that the Government has never violated the ceasefire,” he said, asserting that the monitoring mechanisms had never reported such violations.
He stated that, on the contrary, the Government had played its part in good faith in the Algiers peace process along with the Platform of northern movements, while the Coordination group had refused to join, defying the international community, which had worked for eight months on forging an agreement. The refusal endangers the peace and favoured terrorists and organized criminals, he warned. That could be seen in the deadly attacks in Bamako and elsewhere.
In initialling the draft agreement, he said, the Government had shown its willingness to compromise in favour of the territorial integrity, sovereignty, unity and democracy of the country. Outreach campaigns had engaged all sectors of the population to obtain support for the process by the vast majority of Malians. The momentum must not be lost. Malians were weary of war and wanted peace. “Above all, they want to be heard, understood and respected,” he said.
He believed that most of the Coordination group wanted peace, as well, but their voices were being drowned out by extremists. The Security Council should assist all those who wanted peace by helping move the agreement forward. “There is no alternative to peace, and for that, there is no alternative to this agreement,” he said, adding that an April signing by all parties was critical.
In that context, he called on the 15-member body to consider targeting sanctions on those who would obstruct the peace process, as provided for in previous Council resolutions. Negotiations on the text should not be reopened, he stressed, stating that the Government would never shut the door on dialogue, but the reality was that those talks had been completed and implementation had already begun. Calling on the Council to assume its responsibilities in that regard, he said: “The people of Mali are watching you.”
The meeting was began at 10:06 a.m. and ended at 10:45 a.m.
*The 7424th Meeting was closed.
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7425e séance – matin
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
« La crise au Mali ne pourra être réglée que grâce à un accord viable, inclusif et applicable », a déclaré ce matin, devant le Conseil de sécurité, M. Hervé Ladsous, Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix. Malgré une situation sécuritaire qui reste très volatile dans le pays, M. Ladsous a également estimé que la « paix au Mali était à notre portée ».
Le Secrétaire général adjoint, qui présentait le dernier rapport* du Secrétaire général sur la situation au Mali, a détaillé les avancées du processus politique en cours dans ce pays, avec la tenue à Alger en février 2015 d’une cinquième série de pourparlers. « Nous sommes à un moment clef de ce processus », a-t-il affirmé, en indiquant que deux des trois parties avaient donné leur agrément au projet d’accord de paix qui leur a été soumis par la Médiation internationale.
La Coordination des mouvements armés, qui regroupe plusieurs groupes rebelles, dont le Mouvement national pour la libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), a, pour sa part, demandé plus de temps pour consulter sa base, a indiqué M. Ladsous en précisant néanmoins qu’elle aurait exprimé son intention de parapher le projet d’accord.
Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux opérations de maintien de la paix a ensuite déclaré que ce projet d’accord de paix constituait un point de départ satisfaisant pour la résolution de tous les aspects de la crise malienne. « Un accord n’est qu’une étape dans un processus qui sera forcément long », a-t-il poursuivi, avant d’exhorter toutes les parties à s’engager résolument en faveur dudit processus. Ces dernières ne doivent pas laisser passer la chance « historique » de parvenir à un règlement politique, a relevé M. Ladsous, d’autant plus qu’à la différence des efforts passés, la communauté internationale n’a jamais été autant mobilisée pour appuyer la mise en œuvre d’un accord. « Il y a une conjonction astrale très favorable », a-t-il dit.
Le Chef des opérations de maintien de la paix a jugé essentiel que les parties maliennes, appuyées par la Médiation internationale, mettent en place un cadre et un calendrier détaillé pour la mise en œuvre de leurs efforts de paix. Des mécanismes d’application robustes et clairs seraient de nature à restaurer la confiance entre les parties au Mali, a-t-il estimé, avant d’ajouter que « la paix était à notre portée ».
M. Ladsous a néanmoins admis que la situation sécuritaire restait très volatile dans le nord du Mali mais aussi, et de plus en plus, dans d’autres parties du pays. Cette insécurité entrave le rétablissement de l’autorité de l’État, ainsi que la conduite des efforts humanitaires et des programmes de stabilisation, a-t-il prévenu. « Alors que le processus d’Alger suivait son cours en janvier, les parties ont violé le cessez-le-feu sur le terrain et menacé la sécurité des civils », a déploré le Secrétaire général adjoint. Il a tenu à rappeler qu’aucune partie ne pouvait espérer gagner ou regagner du terrain par des moyens militaires. « La paix ne pourra être obtenue qu’au moyen de négociations », a-t-il souligné.
M. Ladsous a, en fin de présentation, relevé que les groupes extrémistes et criminels tiraient profit de l’absence d’un accord politique et des lacunes sécuritaires pour étendre leurs activités. « Il y a eu des incidents graves non seulement dans le nord mais aussi à Bamako le 7 mars et dans d’autres régions situées au sud du fleuve Niger », a-t-il noté. Il a donc demandé un soutien accru à la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA), laquelle a, par ailleurs, étendu et opérationnalisé sa présence dans le nord du pays.
« Le refus de la Coordination des mouvements armés du Nord de parapher le projet d’accord favorise les groupes terroristes et de narcotrafiquants dans leurs actions de déstabilisation du nord du Mali et de toute la région du Sahel, et voire même au-delà », a fait remarquer le Ministre malien des affaires étrangères, de l’intégration africaine et de la coopération internationale, M. Abdoulaye Diop, qui a pris la parole à la suite de M. Ladsous.
M. Diop a également estimé qu’un tel refus, qui comporte des « risques énormes pour la paix au Mali et dans la région », constituait une marque de défiance vis-à-vis de la communauté internationale. « Il est inacceptable que le processus de paix au Mali, espoir de 15 millions de Maliens, soit pris en otage par un groupe d’individus radicaux et extrémistes », a-t-il dit.
Le Ministre des affaires étrangères du Mali a en conséquence demandé au Conseil de continuer d’exercer les pressions nécessaires pour amener la Coordination des mouvements armés à parapher l’accord sans délai, afin que sa signature ait lieu à Bamako au courant de ce mois d’avril 2015 et d’envisager, le cas échéant, l’imposition de sanctions ciblées contre ceux qui font obstacle au processus de paix d’Alger.
M. Diop a également invité le Conseil de sécurité à ne pas cautionner une reprise quelconque des pourparlers. Une telle option ferait en effet courir, a-t-il averti, un risque, étant un précédent dangereux. « Le Gouvernement du Mali n’a jamais fermé la porte du dialogue avec nos frères de la Coordination, mais les négociations sont terminées », a conclu le Ministre.
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Maiduguri, Nigeria | | Friday 4/10/2015 - 19:03 GMT
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists have launched a fresh attack on a northeast Nigerian village killing two residents, two weeks after they beheaded 23 people in the same village, witnesses said.
The insurgents stormed Buratai village on motorbikes around 8:00pm (1900 GMT) on Thursday, killed their targets and fled, a security source said.
"Two people were killed instantly and three others that sustained gunshot (wounds) are currently receiving treatment at the Biu General (government) Hospital," he said.
A Buratai resident, Garba Musa, said the insurgents invaded the village on motorcycles.
"They were blood thirsty. This is not the first time they are attacking us. They were here on March 27 on the eve of the presidential elections...," Musa said.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen beheaded 23 people and set fire to homes in Buratai village on March 27, on the eve of presidential and parliamentary elections .