Suspected Boko Haram sect members disguised as soldiers on Sunday killed 19 people at a checkpoint in Logomani village in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The armed men reportedly stopped motorists on the road and ordered them out of their cars before shooting them.
Eye witness reports say that the attackers left with some of the women and also collected money from some of the truck drivers in the area.
A passenger, who narrowly escaped death, told journalists that the attackers shot 3 passengers and slaughtered 14 people before someone alerted them that soldiers were coming. The attackers were said to have fled on their motorcycles into the bush.
Military authorities are yet to comment on the issue as the acting spokesman of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Captain Aliyu Danja, could not be reached for comments.
The Islamic sect Boko Haram is also yet to make any statement about the incident.
Borno State is among the states under an emergency rule declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in May this year.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, on Wednesday warned perpetrators of terrorist activities to have a rethink, warning that “nobody can bomb us into submission.”
Petinrin made this declaration at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja during the presentation of entitlement cheques to the Next of Kins of the military personnel killed in action in 2012.
He said in any country there are those whose stock in trade is to constitute a nuisance and use acts of intimidation to get power. He, however, urged Nigerians, especially families of those who died in the line of duty while defending the territorial integrity of the country, to be resolute as “the days of trouble makers are numbered.”
“We must be resolute, not only we in the armed forces but our families and children must be as resolute as we are,” he said. The CDS advised those harbouring ambitions of ruling the country to do so through the proper channels rather than through the back-door of violence.
“Nobody will bomb us into submission or kill us into submission. If you want to rule people you don’t rule them by killing, you rule them by appealing to them, by forming your party, and by running elections,” he said.