The member of the local vigilance group, Mohammed Ibrahim, said: “Most of the villagers were drowned in the river which was flooded by the heavy rainfall while others were shot dead by the terrorists."
He said further: "The terrorists invaded Kukuwa village and its surroundings on motorcycles and pick-up trucks and started shooting at every possible target.
"Some of us in the local vigilance group and some few security officials could not withstand the Boko haram terrorists firepower as they were over 50 and were heavily armed."
Ibrahim said they were forced to go into hiding and when they finally came out they counted 60 corpses; most of them were found at the river bank, he added.
Shehu Ali , a local resident who narrowly escaped being killed in the attack, said the death has risen beyond 60, insisting that many more corpses were seen at the river bank after the initial count on Friday.
He said: "I was able to hide in the bush for two days. When I came out, many dead bodies, which are far more than sixty, were seen close to the river bank. Most of us could not communicate to people in Damaturu, the state capital because telecommunication masks have been blown off by the insurgents in the area."
Yobe State state had suffered series of attacks from insurgents in the past and Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari who came into office on May 29, 2015 has given a new charge to the military to end insurgency in three months.
Speaking to our correspondent on phone, Mr. Toyin Gbadegesin, the spokesman of the police in Yobe state confirmed the attack, but could not state the numbers of casualties.
By Michael Olugbode