Boko Haram: How I risked my life to save 5 Nigerian soldiers – Hussaini Mafa | Touch Latest Local,World,Tech,Entertainment,Health,Sport News
18 February 2018 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

Accidents involving private vehicles increasing – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says there is an upward trend in the rate o

Read More

10 Famous Nigerians Born in June

June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and

Read More

Easter: Fun-seekers troop to Badagry beach

Fun-seekers on Sunday trooped to the Suntan Beach and the Whispering Palms Resor

Read More

Apapa-Oshodi road repair: NUPENG says depots outside must be functional

The Zonal chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, To

Read More

Accidents involving private vehicles increasing – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says there is an upward trend in the rate o

Read More

FAO and Italy’s Carabinieri join forces for the protection of the environment, forests, biodiversity

Tullio Del Sette Commanding General of Italy’s Arma dei Carabinieri and F

Read More

N449.5Million Seized By EFCC Forfeited To FG

Justice Rilawan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday, May 19, 201

Read More
Please Browse a new Image!

Budget controversy : Senate insists it has right to tamper with allocations

The war of words between Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

Read More

President Buhari fails to convene FEC meeting

‎The regular meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) usually presid

Read More

Deadly reign of Lagos ‘militants’

The killings - and kidnappings - in two separate attacks this week alone tell

Read More

Also Read

Tax Day: U.S. protesters want Trump tax returns released

U.S. Tax protesters. Picture source: AFP Thousands of p

Read More

Egypt has procured 803,000 tonnes of wheat

Egypt has procured 803,000 tonnes of wheat since the start of its harvest in mid

Read More

Donald Trump’s Companies Benefit From Campaign Funds

Close to $500,000 is directed to Trump-owned hotels, golf clubs and restaurants

Read More

Rafael Nadal races into French Open fourth round with one sided win

The fourth seed needed only 90 minutes to see off the Georgian and secured his p

Read More

U.S. poised to expand military effort against Taliban in Afghanistan

© Afghan Chief Executive Office via European Pressphoto Agency Trump administ

Read More

Ikoyi Cash Haul: House Belongs To Wife of NIA Boss- EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, May 5, 2017, has

Read More

Bitcoin, Blockchain Splits And What It Means For Business

Blockchain was one of the technologies which I predicted back in January to brea

Read More

These Surprising Celebrity Phobias Will Shock You

While money can certainly buy you happiness, it can’t prevent you from

Read More

U.S tornado kills 11, injures dozens

A severe storm bringing flash flooding and tornadoes killed 11 people and inju

Read More