We trekked for two days without food - Fleeing residents say after Baga attack

We trekked for two days without food - Fleeing residents say after Baga attack

- Some residents of Baga, who fled from Boko Haram attacks to Maiduguri, Borno, on Monday, December, 31, narrated their ordeals

- The residents said they trekked 50 kilometres through dangerous terrains without food for two days

- Thirty-year-old Adama Bulama, on her part, lamented that she brought all her 12 children from Baga to Monguno even with the rigour of a long trek

Some residents of Baga, who fled from Boko Haram attacks to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Monday, December, 31, narrated their ordeals of how they trekked 50 kilometres through dangerous terrains without food for two days.

According to them, it was in Monguno they boarded vehicles that conveyed them to Maiduguri, where they are currently staying, The Punch reports.

One of them, Hauwa Audu, said, “I have to flee from Baga after the Boko Haram invaded our town. We walked from Friday through Saturday and got to Monguno in the afternoon (on Saturday). I was in the company of about 100 others, including women and children.

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“We trekked for two days without anything to eat. In Monguno, on Sunday, we had to board a Volkswagen Golf coming to Maiduguri. We had to jointly contribute N15, 000 which we paid the driver. Apart from some men, there were 10 children and six women in the vehicle.

“We just came to Maiduguri on Sunday. We thought we would stay with our relatives living in Maiduguri or go to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.”

Thirty-year-old Adama Bulama, on her part, lamented that she brought all her 12 children from Baga to Monguno even with the rigour of a long trek.

“There was so much struggle that I was the only one that could get on board. I even left my husband in Baga and do not know what may have happened to him now,” Bulama stated, adding that she left her 12 children in Monguno.

Another resident, 20-year-old Magara Abba, lamented that she left Baga and got to Monguno on Friday, December 28. Together with others, she boarded a big truck that took her to Maiduguri. According to her, the truck driver collected N2,500 each from about 100 of them.

“We got to Maiduguri on Saturday; and since we came no one has come to our help. The government seems not to know we are here. We have been begging to eat since them.

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“I have not seen my brothers and sisters up till now. We are a family of 15. I have not seen my father too. He was injured in the attack.”

A resident, Hassan Gana, explained how he escaped from Baga when Boko Haram fighters attacked the town.

“I left Baga on Friday, trekking from 4am. We could only get to Monguno at night and we were not allowed into the town. We were about 5,000 that trekked. We entered Monguno on Saturday and got a vehicle that conveyed us to Maiduguri. I have been sleeping in the open since Saturday. We are more than 50 persons that are sleeping here (Baga Bus Terminus).”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Boko Haram terrorists might have taken control of Baga town, following a series of heated battle with Nigerian soldiers

The insurgents attacked a military base in Baga in a night long shootout on Wednesday, December 26. It was reported that the Nigerian Army confirmed the attack but said it repelled the terrorists.

The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said a reinforcement, earlier deployed to Baga, were in hot pursuit of the insurgents.

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