James Yaduma, from Adamawa state, has recounted how Boko Haram terrorists set his aged parents and other relatives ablaze, when they invaded their community, Hong, seven months ago. Yaduma told Leadership that the insurgents had already alighted their family house before throwing his aged parents and other victims into the burning fire.
“They struck our village in the wee hours of that fateful Friday and started shooting indiscriminately leading to the death of many residents”, he stated.
“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”. Yaduma made a lucky escape after all, having hidden himself in an obscure part of the house. After his escape, Yaduma said he trekked hundreds of kilometers for three weeks before arriving Abuja.
“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”. Yaduma appealed to Buhari “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.”