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3 Yrs After, Returnees Of Boko Haram Attack In Adamawa Count Their Ordeals

Monday, April 09, 2018

/ by Adamawa Celebrities
By Hassan Umar Shallpella

When Boko Haram started their heinous acts in 2001 in Yobe state it did not occurred to the people of Adamawa state that they would test the bitterness of cruelty of the group since Adamawa state did not share any common border with Yobe state.

However, the activities of the sect gradually spread its tentacles to Borno state and later to Adamawa state and during the period Boko Haram operated in Adamawa state it wreck a lot of havoc on both public and private structures thereby making lives unbearable to the affected communities.

The activities of the insurgents some years back have forced the affected communities in Adamawa state to relocate and with the restoration of peace three years ago, the inhabitants have returned, but their way of living have changed due to loss of their belongings.

The affected communities that returned to their ancestral homes after taking shelter in Internally Displaced Camps and some places within and outside the state are now facing challenges of life. According to some residents who spoke to our correspondent lamented that they are living a misery life and urged the government, non-governmental organizations and philanthropists to come to their aid.

Yusuf Shuaibu, Jarumin Uba, a resident of Uba town in Hong Local Government area said “well the town is now peaceful; the only thing is that there is cost of living as a result of influx of people into the town following Boko Haram attack on their  communities.”

He added that after the inhabitants have returned, live was not normal as some households can only eat once in two days due to insufficient foodstuff and inadequate water supply in the town, stressing that existing public facilities is now overstretched with the increase in population, however commercial activities is booming as daily needs of essential commodities are scarce.

Jarumin Uba cautioned people to be extra vigilant and be security conscious with the influx of people in the town and report any suspected object or questionable characters to security agencies for prompt action and urged people to cooperate with security agencies for peace to reign in the town.

Another resident of the town, Jibrilla Buba alias Wanbule maintained that despite the peace been enjoined in the town, live has not been normal since their return because people have lost almost all their belongings during Boko Haram and, survival of people is based on assistance received from relatives who were not affected by the insurgents.

While commending the government for rehabilitation of road within Uba town which will boost economic activities, said the immediate needs of the community are health care delivery and water as well as employment as many graduates in the town are idling, while empowerment will enhance the income of the skilled ones.

But for the inhabitants of Michika local government area the story is not the same as one of the resident of the area James Tumba Bazza said “three years after we have returned with the prevailing peace, there is no public power supply up to now, only the privileged people used Solar or electric generator to power their electric appliances and gadgets and also charged their cell phones.

He added that officials of Electricity Distribution Company are only idling in the office, and appealed to authorities concern to hasten the reconnection of vandalized electric cables and transformers so as to boost commercial activities and expand businesses that uses electricity. James Tumba Bazza added that “during hot weather traders of soft drinks are making brisk business because only few of them have big generators that can power refrigerators”, and called on the government to create job opportunities to the teeming youths to reduce redundancy among them.

The situation of Madagali local government area is different as according a resident there are still pockets of attack being recorded from time to time. Adamu Sarkin Baka Kirchinga (Head of Hunters) said “the hunters and Vigilantes in the area are not relenting on their oars towards securing their areas from the attack of Boko Haram, though the area still record pockets of attack by the insurgents” and urged government to deploy more military personnel to the area to stem the tide.

He called on Government to assist the hunters and Vigilante members financially and with working materials so as to bring an end the activities of insurgency in the area considering their proximity to Sambisa forest, the hidden place of the insurgents.

Sarkin Baka Kirchinga revealed that out of over three hundred members of hunter and Vigilante operating in the area only about thirty of them are enjoying monthly stipend of four thousand naira despite their sacrifice to protect and defend their land and with the economic situation in the country. He then called on people to pray fervently so that the menace of Boko Haram will become a history.

The residents of Garkida in Gombi local government area particularly hunters have decried that despite their contribution to the restoration of peace in Garkida and other parts of Adamawa state they were yet to receive any assistance either from government, individuals or organizations.

Musa B. Malgwi Sarkin Maharban Garkida said “we still remain resolute in the protection and defending our communities, what we want now is prayers from people and government should assist us with working materials.”

Comrade Abdul Yusuf Samanu, Commander of Hunters Association in charge of Gombi and Garkida, said lives of the people of Garkida have change since their return because their houses, domestic animals and other personal effects have been destroyed by the insurgents.

“We hunters need assistance, lack of assistance had forced some of the hunters to sold their properties to acquire dane guns while others has renounce their membership on the ground of not resisting the situation”, adding that accumulated unpaid allowances of members of his command is N7.6m and appealed to government to offset their allowances.

He explained that people of the area are still living in fear due to closeness of the town with Sambisa forest and advice the residents to be security conscious; stressing that maintenance of security should not be left to security agents alone.


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