“My Family Were Burnt Alive”, Boko Haram Survivor Narrates Chilling Ordeal
A Boko Haram survivor narrated how Boko Haram insurgents had killed almost all his family members in Zha, Hong LGA of Adamawa state.
The tragedy occurred almost 7 months ago, but James Yaduma is yet to recover from the most horrible experience of his life.
According to Leadership, Yaduma said his life would never be the same. He saw how his father, mother and other relatives were burnt alive by the militants who stormed their community last year.
“They struck our village in the wee hours of that fateful Friday and started shooting indiscriminately leading to the death of many residents.
“My aged parents, who could not run for dear lives, were trapped in our family house where the insurgents met them, set a bonfire and threw them inside alive.
“When I started hearing gun shots, I instantly knew that Boko Haram had struck our village having taken over Mubi and other parts of the state. Since they took over Mubi, we could not sleep anymore as we knew very soon our village will come under attack.”
Having managed to survive, the man trekked for three weeks. Luckily, he met some cattle rearers who accommodated him for few a days before showing him the way.
“After I escaped, I set out to Abuja since I know I have relatives here. I trekked most of the distance from Hong to Abuja but at intervals some spirited motorists do offer some help after hearing my ordeal.”
Finally, Yaduma addressed Muhammadu Buhari, the president-elect, who is to take over the office on May 29.
“I am appealing to president-elect, whom I believe is an upright man to do all within his power to restore peace in Nigeria as many people have been made to suffer unnecessarily, having lost their lives and properties to the insurgency.
“Some of us want to return back to our villages but we cannot do so; all our houses, businesses and farms have been destroyed.”
Meanwhile the Nigerian army has recorded many successful operations in the recent period. Most of them have been carried out in Sambisa Forest, the infamous Boko Haram hideout. On May 22, after having freed hundreds of hostages, the troops rescued 20 more women and children from Sambisa.