Boko Haram: How I risked my life to save 5 Nigerian soldiers – Hussaini Mafa | Touch Latest Local,World,Tech,Entertainment,Health,Sport News
19 September 2017 00:00:00 AM Breaking News


Boko Haram: How I risked my life to save 5 Nigerian soldiers – Hussaini Mafa

Hussaini Mafa is a resident of Maduganari ward of Maiduguri metropolis. Before now, he was a farmer and living a comfortable life with his wife and children in Baga town until Boko Haram insurgents capture Baga and the people fled to Maiduguri.

In a chat with DAILY POST in Maiduguri, Mafa, who farms onions and and used to make nothing less than 10 to 15 trucks at the end of the farming season, now helps to carry blocks as a labourer at a building site in Maiduguri.

Recalling the dark days that brought about his new life, Mafa told DAILY POST that, they fled alongside soldiers when Boko Haram invaded Baga town.

“I took nothing from my house aside what my wife took for the children for the journey. I saved five soldiers who ran to my house when they were overwhelmed by Boko Haram during the fight that forced us out of our homes. I gave them my cloths. They went and buried their uniforms and guns in the bush and joiedn me and my family for the journey on foot to Maidugur,.” he said.

According to Mafa, they were very lucky to have been allowed passage by Boko Haram militants at that time because people from Cross-Kawa in Kukawa local government did not carry sticks to join the civilian JTF in fighting Boko Haram.

“That time, once you said, you were from Cross-Kawa, the insurgents would allow you to go. But they would kill anyone who is not from there, especially soldiers. I took a very high risk allowing the soldiers to follow us. I put my life and that of my family on the line for these soldiers. Luckily, we made it to town together. However, the horror of that day is still fresh in my mind.

” We saw soldiers dropping their guns and begging for their lives, yet Boko Haram slaughtered them. It was a horrific experience. The last time I visited Baga after the military recaptured the area, I found nothing in the rubble of the remains of what used to be my own house.

” At the time we fled, I left behind 7 cows, 19 herds of sheep, 82 bags of Maize, 60 bags of Beans, 49 bags of groundnut and over 300 bags of onions from my farm. This is how God has put my faith to test. I lost everything, but I still have my life and I am healthy,” he added.

Hussaini Mafa, told our correspondent that, if normalcy finally returns to the northern Borno, he was ready to go back and start life afresh.

He, however, said that the killing of fishermen recently in Baga has confirmed his fear of return and hope that the crises of Boko Haram will end soon as he loves to farm and is looking ahead for the day he would return to his farm again.



Related Posts

Two feared dead, seven injured in Lagos road crashes

Two people were feared dead while seven others, including a policeman, sustained

Read More

Anambra govt provides 150 tractors for farmers

The Anambra State Government, on Thursday, said it had provided 150 function

Read More

Rivers Govt. donates 8 assault gunboats to Navy

The Nigerian Navy has received  eight assault gunboats from Rivers State go

Read More

Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Pleads Guilty In Court

The suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known a

Read More

Hit & run: 2 confirmed dead along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed two persons dead b

Read More

How late Super Eagles great, Rashidi Yekini’s mother got N2m

Yekini’s mum flanked by Binta Ayo Mogaji-Oduleye and Dejumo LewisA year after

Read More

Boko Haram fighters found posing as refugees

Boko Haram fighters have been found among refugees returning to northeast Nige

Read More

Osinbajo-led panel vows to probe SGF, NIA boss without fear or favour

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led ‎Presidential Committee investigating a

Read More

Bauchi set to host U-19 Maiborno Unity Cup

Arrangements have been concluded to stage the first U-19 Maiborno Unity Football

Read More

Also Read

Rosabon offers solution to curb N1.7bn corporate lease cost

ROSABON Financial Services said that its operating lease solution is designed to

Read More

UTME 2017: JAMB To Deploy New Exam Questions In Each Session

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board has made known to the public that it has

Read More

Pope Francis ends peace trip with mass in Cairo

Pope Francis has ended his two-day visit to Egypt in which he sought to build br

Read More

Interview: Lithuania welcomes China's effort for connectivity under Belt and Road Initiative

Lithuania hopes to strengthen economic cooperation with China and welcomes Chi

Read More

Happy Thai New Year to all our fans celebrating, from everyone at #MUFC!

Happy Thai New Year to all our fans celebrating, from everyone at #MUFC!

Read More

Borussia Dortmund Defender, Marc Bartra Injured In Bus Attack

The twenty-six year old Marc Bartra, fractured his wrist in the incident, which

Read More

19 Household Items You Didn’t Realize Had Expiration Dates

We always remember to check the expiration date of milk, and we know how long we

Read More

Mercy Aigbe’s husband, Lanre Gentry, remanded in Kirikiri prison

Lanre Gentry, the estranged husband of top Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, has b

Read More

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100

Afghan casualties in Taliban Mazar-e Sharif attack pass 100Image copyrightREUTER

Read More

Jamaica's Violet Brown becomes world's oldest woman

Last week, World’s oldest woman Italian Emma Morano, died at the age of 1

Read More