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Boko Haram forced me to watch my son beheaded says victim

21 July 2016, 10:05

Abuja - One of the victims of the Boko Haram terror in Borno State, Jummai Ibrahim, has revealed how the terrorists forced her to watch her 21-year-old son being beheaded.

Jummai, who is now lives in the Maiduguri Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp said she was a famous fish merchant back in Baga before the terrorists invaded their community according to Premium Times

On the day Boko Haram insurgents struck in January 2015, Jummai said their last consignment of fish for day had been loaded to a truck at about 6 am, ready for delivery to the markets.

The cargo was not much that day at about N700 000, she said.

She stated that when gunfire ran out, the town laid in ruin and residents fled leaving all they toiled for.

Jummai, a mother of seven children, who are mostly adults, said Boko Haram gunmen did not only invade their community, but went after them as they fled into the bushes. Many, according to her were killed in the bush and many, especially young women, were abducted by the assailants according to Today

“One of my sons, Habibu, who was about 21 years old was killed by Boko Haram. When they saw him with me, one of the Boko Haram gunmen told me that ‘Mama this your son is old enough to join the Civilian-JTF, so he is assumed to be a potential member of the Civilian-JTF’. For that reason they dragged him to the ground in my presence and slit his throat. They wanted to force me to hold his legs while they were cutting off his neck, and I told them I could not do such thing. I attempted to close my eyes because I could not stand to see how they were killing my own son like an animal, but one of them hit me with the butt of their gun on my arm, and insisted that I must watch them as they killed my son.

“I watched him cry and calling on me to help him, when I cried out that I could not help him, then he kept on screaming that ‘mama pray for me, and forgive me if I ever offended you, pray for me’…(sobs)…that was how my child was slaughtered and beheaded,” Jummai narrated, weeping. “I have seen pains and torture from Baga to Maiduguri," she said.

- News 24


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