Suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Monday invaded the Dille Village in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, burning churches and houses.
It was gathered that the raid left five killing villagers dead while three churches including scores of residential buildings were burnt.
Residents of Dille Village said the attackers stormed their community at about 6am from the Sambisa forest through the Damboa axis.
Dille village is around the shores of the Sambisa forest, while Askira-Uba is in the south and about 200 km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital.
The fresh raids came as the Nigerian Army High Command insisted that the war against terrorism would be won.
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, who spoke at the opening of the COAS Third Quarterly Conference in Abuja, asked for understandings from Nigerians frustrated by the insurgency.
He said reminded the military was fighting a new kind of war that requires it to be cautious.
Said the COAS: “You see, the Nigerian Army is performing and checking these insurgents. I know the expectations of the Nigerian citizens but the expectation is rather too much in haste. We need some time; we need patience and you must know we are fighting terrorism. We are not fighting a conventional war. The Nigerian Army is a conventional and regular army.
Terrorists not known
“The terrorist is someone you do not know. It may be someone who sold food or fruit to you in the morning and by the afternoon he is the terrorist. We are having all that inter-play in the battlefront in the North East. We have to be conscious to separate the terrorists from the law abiding citizens and we also have human rights to protect.
“You just do not go out killing people, that they are terrorists. Some are innocent Nigerians. We are also bound by all the international treaties on human rights, therefore, we need time. I know the expectations of the Nigerian citizens is that this thing should be over by yesterday, but the reality is that it would not have been over by yesterday because of the structure and dynamics of fighting this type of terrorism.
“We are fighting Nigerian citizens, we are not fighting foreigners; so caution must be exercised. I appeal and assure that we will certainly surmount it but we also need support from the nation, from all segments of society and from the people including the media. And we need patience and time for us to do it. We also have the equipment and the federal government is introducing fresh and newer equipment to us which in a short while hopefully be there for use,” he said.