Bama women, children ‘dying’ of hunger as Boko Haram tightens grip on town

Widows, Orphans, meet Borno governor shettima after the Bama attack

Thousands of women and children stranded in Bama, one of the towns seized by Boko Haram in Borno State, are dying of thirst and hunger as insurgents stiffen their grip on the town, local leaders and the Borno State government said Thursday.

Members of Bama community, under the Bama Development Association, and officials of the state government accused the Nigerian government and the military of lying about the town having been reclaimed by government forces.

Speaking Thursday in Maiduguri, the community leaders of Bama, and officials of the Borno State Government committee on displaced persons, debunked the federal government’s claims that all is well in Bama.

“From Monday to date, about 11 days now, Bama, the second largest Local Government Area in Borno, is under the custody and control of the dreaded Boko Haram sect; this is the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” said Mohammed Hassan, the chairman of BDA, at a press conference.

Mr. Hassan said since the takeover of the town by Boko Haram, government troops have not made effort to reclaim the town and rescue the women and children as well as aged persons stranded there.

“After 11 days of the invasion and takeover of Bama, no search and rescue operation has been conducted; no damage assessment has been made, even though the security and welfare of citizens is the fundamental and constructional obligation of any meaningful government,” Mr. Hassan said.

The group called on the state and federal government to expedite action towards reclaiming Bama from the terrorist as those in captivity are under serious trauma, starvation, and with various degrees of injuries.

The group said it could not account for more women and children who had gotten missing in the process of fleeing through the rivers.

“Some of the women and children had drowned at River Yadzaram in the process of fleeing, while others were shot dead… Apart from those in captivity others who managed to cross the river were killed in the nearby villages, and we still have not been able to recover their corpses for proper burial,” Mr. Hassan said.

At a separate news briefing, the chairman of Borno Committee on Displaced Persons, Jidda Shuwa, said so far 7,000 displaced persons have arrived Maiduguri, the state capital, in the last 11 days. He said many of the displaced persons travelled by foot.

Mr. Shuwa also refuted the government’s claims that Bama had been reclaimed.

“With due respect to the military, going by the report I have received just this morning from the 133 displaced Bama residents that arrived Maiduguri today, Bama is still under the control of the Boko Haram terrorists. Though I am reliably aware of the military pushing towards Bama, but for now the town is still under the control of the terrorists,” Mr. Jidda said.


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  • arewethishopeless

    Sad times to be a Nigerian …

    • Okache

      My country person, you captured it perfectly. It is a sad time to be a Nigerian. They keep feeding us with lies all the time. I am just tired. I weep for the women and children. It is well.

  • Mosaku 147

    GBAM! Over to Christo-lie Ole-kolade. Just on Monday,the army said they had recaptured Bama without acknowledging in the first place that it was captured from them by BH. The government apologists on this forum insulted me for speaking about my reservations. Now the concerned people have spoken,who do we believe now? Opuror kolade or Bama development association/Bornu state government? It’s a shame that the military that my dad served honorably with medals to show has been turned into a laughingstock by imbeciles in this administration.

    • redeem

      don’t we have an APC governor———–in borno state——-anymore—————was the governor not visiting London and Sudan while his state was burning

  • redeem

    would APC allow the state governor be removed for a scale war——-they the APC people went to london to go and compare Jos crisis to Borno state and requested to know why a state of emergency was not declared over there——————

    • Amaka

      You are a full grown bush animal. There is no human value left in you.

  • the truth

    This period would soon be over my people.lets unite and support the government and the military.I believe sooner rather than later we would overcome.this is not time for blame but support and unity

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  • Wise Head

    After Boko Haram, the North will again delude itself into believing that they can use insurgency to acquire political power. This attempt has cost them so much that they would never dream of it again. NEVER!!!

  • ifebuche

    Can these guys stop reporting to us that this and that person said this and that and get to the place and tell the masses what they see?