Abuja - Approximately 3,000 people were said to have fled the Ngoshe, Ashigashiya and Gava villages within the Gwoza LGA of Borno State during clean-up operations conducted by the Nigerian Army, Daily Post reports.
Nuhu Diya, a hostage who was held with approximately 10,000 other people, revealed how he witnessed the murder of 466 people while 218 women were forced into marrying Boko Haram militants.
Diya disclosed that 192 people died as a result of malnutrition and other diseases related to hunger in the area, while thousands more remain trapped and are in need of immediate assistance.
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“The Boko Haram were all along in the mountains area, and one evening they came down and pursue the soldiers and took control. They ask Christians to go to one side and Muslims to the other side. They asked us if we want to convert, and some of us refused. We that accepted to convert were asked to join with other Muslims and the rest of them about 466 when we counted were shot and killed before our very eyes.
“They also asked our girls who were between 15 and 30 to marry them. Those who refused were killed while those who accepted took husbands from amongst them. Many of our people are still trap in the mountains and there is no food,” Diya narrated.
Asked if he is still a Muslim after conversion, Diya stated that he was never truly a Muslim in his heart and that he could have been killed had he not agreed to be converted by the militants.
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