The United Nations official on Sunday said that no fewer than 110 people were killed in the Boko Haram attack on a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of Borno state.
The insurgents had on Saturday attacked rice farmers in Zabarmari, a community in Jere Local Government Area, with residents saying at least 43 farmers were killed.
The presidency had condemned the attack, but kept mum on the casualty figures.
On Sunday, the UN resident coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the death toll from the attack could be as high as 110.
“I am outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians carried out by non-state armed groups in villages near Borno State capital Maiduguri. At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” Mr Kallon said.
“In early afternoon of 28 November, armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields in Koshobe and other rural communities in Jere Local Government Area.
“I extend my sincere condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives in this atrocious attack. I also wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in the incident,” he said.
Mr Kallon also said many women may have been kidnapped by the terrorists during the attack, something the Nigerian presidency kept mum about.