The Defence Headquarters has faulted a report by the United Nations that 110 civilians were killed in the onslaught on farmers by Boko Haram fighters in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.
The terrorists were reported to have tied up the farmers, who were working on rice fields, before slitting their throats.
On Sunday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, disclosed that at least 110 persons died in the attack.
But reacting on Monday morning, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche said 43 corpses were recovered from the incident scene in the Zabarmari area of the northeast state.
Enenche was speaking on a television programme said the troops counted the corpses together with the locals and 43 deaths were recorded.
The DHQ Coordinator said the search for more remains of victims is still on but insisted that 43 corpses were retrieved from the scene.
“Probably we may count up to the figure he (Kallon) gave in the future but as it is now, what we have counted with the locals is still 43 and we are hoping that we don’t get beyond that.
“This is the real situation. I did not sleep, we had to follow it because this is very relevant coming from the United Nations,” Enenche said.
The remains of the massacred rice farmers were buried on Sunday. The incident which has attracted strong international and national condemnations has again raised calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the country’s service chiefs and overhaul the security architecture of Nigeria.