UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack

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The United has clarified after posting a controversial figure it claimed were the number of farmers killed by Boko Haram the weekend.

On , the UN clarified on an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by the terrorists in Zabarmari community, .

Local media had published a report on Saturday quoting officials of the saying at least 43 farmers lost their lives in an by insurgents on a rice field.

On Sunday, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, had during a mass of the deceased farmers, told journalists that 43 farmers were killed.

Later on Sunday evening, the UN issued a which quoted the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said .

The UN version of the death toll from Koshobe rice field went viral.

In the initial UN , signed by Eve Sabbagh, UN’ Head of Public Information at the OCHA in Nigeria, Mr Kallon said he was “outraged and horrified by the gruesome against civilians carried by non-state in villages near capital Maiduguri.”

He added that “at least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

In a new release on , the UN said its initial was inaccurate.

The UN’ head, public information, said the earlier numbers quoted by Mr Kallon were correctly sourced.

In an email circulated reporters, Ms Sabbagh asked journalists disregard the earlier statement.

“Please note the number of 110 civilians killed on Saturday’ attack is an unconfirmed number and the correct version of the statement by the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is the one published yesterday on Reliefweb and used on OCHA Nigeria’ Twitter account:

In the fresh statement, the humanitarian agency replaced the portion where it quoted “110 deaths” with “unspecified figure”.

This time around, Mr Kallon was quoted saying “tens of civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack.”

The remaining paragraphs of the one-paged statement remained the same.

The UN did , however, add how it got the earlier figure it released and which was quoted by at least one international media outlet.

Meanwhile, sources in Zabarmari had confirmed newsmen that a search party was still combing the bushes for missing farmers at the time newsmen visited the farm.

“The number of death remains the same,” he said. “We have had any corpses than the 43 we buried yesterday; even though we know about 70 farmers were involved in the incident.”