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Victim Of Boko Haram Attack Cries Out For Help

Posted: Oct 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Augustine Agu, Lagos

When Salami Olaide Sheriff, a native of Osun State, left for Borno State some years ago, he did not intend to return home until he has achieved his life ambition.

Unfortunately, the ongoing insurgency in the northeast has dealt a deadly blow to the young man who had lost everything and narrowly escaped death.

He wants government and other agencies to come his aids. Sheriff who narrated his ordeal to Daily Independent recently stated that the whole experience happened to him like a dream.

Until the recent attack, Sheriff was a resident of Kodunga one of the towns deadly attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.  He narrated that the insurgents arrived on motorcycles on that day and started shooting at people indiscriminately.

“Thousands of residents fled into the bush for safety as the attack unfolded that fateful day,” he said.

Sheriff a driver of church pastor in Konduga added that the group of insurgents later invaded the town and their church in Konduga at about 8 p.m. that day which he remembered was Saturday.

“They came while we were preparing for Sunday service the following day with other church workers and started shooting sporadically, targeting civilians, public buildings and recreational centres.”

He further explained that members of the insurgents who came on 10 motorcycles armed with AK 47 and other deadly weapons.

“They came on about 10 motorcycles from Gwaskara axis, well armed with AK 47 rifles and petrol bombs, wreaking havoc,” he said.

Olaide regretted that no member of the security agents including the army police was present to help innocent civilians when this particular attack came.

“I saw three members of the group whom I know quite well that came after me. But I was just fortunate to escape.”

The last attack according to Sheriff was the  fourth time Konduga has suffered fatal attacks by militants since 2011. Previous attacks were targeted at INEC office and divisional police headquarters

Sheriff who has left destitute since that time regretted the decision he took to leave the South-west for Borno State because right now he has nothing to call his own except the only cloth he escaped with. He is appealing to humanitarian organisations, government and individuals to come to assist him as he lost everything to the attack.