Some residents of Baga, who fled from Boko Haram assaults to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Monday, narrated their ordeals to The PUNCH.
The residents, in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Monday, mentioned they trekked 50 kilometres by harmful terrains with out meals for 2 days earlier than they might get to Monguno.
In keeping with them, it was in Monguno they boarded automobiles that conveyed them to Maiduguri, the place they’re presently staying.
One among them, Hauwa Audu, in an interview with one in all our correspondents, mentioned, “I’ve to flee from Baga after the Boko Haram invaded our city. We walked from Friday by Saturday and obtained to Monguno within the afternoon (on Saturday). I used to be within the firm of about 100 others, together with girls and youngsters.
“We trekked for 2 days with out something to eat. In Monguno, on Sunday, we needed to board a Volkswagen Golf coming to Maiduguri. We needed to collectively contribute N15, 000 which we paid the motive force. Aside from some males, there have been 10 youngsters and 6 girls within the car.
“We simply got here to Maiduguri on Sunday. We thought we might stick with our kinfolk dwelling in Maiduguri or go to the Internally Displaced Individuals’ camps.”
Drivers hike fares
He mentioned that industrial drivers charged N15,000 for a journey which used to value N7,000.
Thirty-year-old Adama Bulama, on her half, lamented that she introduced all her 12 youngsters from Baga to Monguno even with the rigour of an extended trek.
She mentioned she boarded a truck loaded with beans from Monguno to Maiduguri.
“There was a lot battle that I used to be the one one that would get on board. I even left my husband in Baga and have no idea what might have occurred to him now,” Bulama acknowledged, including that she left her 12 youngsters in Monguno.
One other resident, 20-year-old Magara Abba, lamented that she left Baga on Thursday and obtained to Monguno on Friday. Along with others, she boarded a giant truck that took her to Maiduguri. In keeping with her, the truck driver collected N2,500 every from about 100 of them.
He acknowledged, “We obtained to Maiduguri on Saturday; and since we got here nobody has come to our assist. The federal government appears to not know we’re right here. We’ve been begging to eat since them.
“I’ve not seen my brothers and sisters up until now. We’re a household of 15. I’ve not seen my father too. He was injured within the assault.”
Moreover Baga, it was learnt that Boko Haram insurgents attacked Monguno however they have been repelled by troopers.
A resident, Hassan Gana, defined how he escaped from Baga when Boko Haram fighters attacked the city.
He acknowledged, “I left Baga on Friday, trekking from 4am. We might solely get to Monguno at night time and we weren’t allowed into the city. We have been about 5,000 that trekked. We entered Monguno on Saturday and obtained a car that conveyed us to Maiduguri. I’ve been sleeping within the open since Saturday. We’re greater than 50 individuals which are sleeping right here (Baga Bus Terminus).”
In the meantime, other than Baga there was mass motion of individuals out of different communities in Borno State by Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, to Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kebbi, and Jigawa states.
Residents advised The PUNCH on Monday that the Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked some communities in Borno, have been concentrating on troopers.
Boko Haram had final week overrun Baga, Doron-Baga, Kross Kawwa, Bunduran, Kekeno and Kukawa cities of Borno State after three days of intense preventing.
Mallam Bukar Kachalla and Mr Abacha Musa advised one in all our correspondents on the cellphone that since late Saturday there had been mass motion of individuals by Dapchi and Damaturu to different neigbouring states like Jigawa, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Gombe.
Abacha mentioned, “Baga is a giant fishing group and folks from different states particularly Hausa used to remain there for fishing enterprise, however following the assault on Baga and different cities, a whole bunch of individuals have been fleeing the realm.
“A type of who fled, Mallam Isa Haruna, mentioned the Boko Haram fighters who invaded Baga have been pleasant and even prayed with residents within the mosque.
“They weren’t involved about us, the civilians, however their targets are the troopers.”
Abacha famous that these fleeing the cities in Borno underneath Boko Haram management had lamented the hardship going through them as they should trek miles earlier than getting automobiles to board to Damaturu.
On his half, Mallam Bukar Kachalla, who questioned why Boko Haram normally grow to be fierce in the direction of election interval, mentioned dozens of individuals had been fleeing Borno since Saturday.
He known as on the worldwide group to assist dislodge Boko Haram from the North-East.
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