Damasak still ghost town, says Boko Haram survivor

Damasak still ghost town, says Boko Haram survivor

Saturday, March 26, 2016 11:21 am

Pa Modu Zaromi

Pa Modu Zaromi

A 78 year-old man, who survived  a Boko Haram attack on Damasak, Borno State late  in 2014 said his town near the Nigerien border is still under the shadows of Boko Haram insurgents.

At the moment, he said, there is no single soul living there.

Pa Modu Zaromi, 78 years old, was able to rescue his two sons from Boko Haram and weeks later  fled to Niger.

Now living in Maiduguri, Zaromi does not contemplate returning home yet.

“Who told you Mobbar has been liberated?”, Zaromi had shot back at his interviewer.

“I am from the local government headquarters, Damasak. Boko Haram insurgents stormed Damasak and took it over about one year, four months ago. They killed many of our people and established their presence there until Chadian soldiers drove them away. After waiting for some weeks for Nigerian soldiers to take over, they did not show up so the Chadian soldiers left during last year’s Ramadan. When they left in the morning, that same evening the insurgents returned and killed those they were able to kill and drove away others. Mobbar is now a ghost town.

“Our people who ran away to Gagamari, Shetimari and Garin Dogo in Niger Republic told us that in the middle of the night they could sight fire around Mobbar area up to last month. Some Fulani herders told us last week that they passed through Mobbar and no single soul lives there. which Damasak are you saying has been liberated?”
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