‘They lynched my watchman right before me’: Former Female Commissioner Recounts ‘Escaping...

‘They lynched my watchman right before me’: Former Female Commissioner Recounts ‘Escaping Death’ In Borno

By Vanguard on March 25, 2014
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Hajiya Yagana Muazu, a former commissioner of Poverty Alleviation under former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff, has said that she narrowly escaped death in the hands of a mob of youths during the Giwa Barracks attack in Maiduguri.

Muazu said: “When I was hearing persistent gunshots, I decided to flee from the area to Federal Low-cost.

“As I was moving out with my children, I saw my night watchmen stranded and I asked them to take my other Sports Utility Van, SUV, and follow me.

“On getting to the railway crossing around Bullumkutu, I saw thousands of youths on the highway conducting stop and search operations.

“The youths, without investigations, on sighting the two watchmen with dane guns, moved to lynch them.

“The youths in their thousands mobbed them and used machete on one of the watchmen who was trying to show his identity card and then set the other one ablaze before burning the SUV.

Muazu, who was giving the account in tears, said: “One of the guards had two wives and 13 children, while the other one had one wife and five children.

“It took the intervention of the Ibrahim Taiwo Area Commander of Police, Mr. Affan, to rescue me and my children as the mob vowed to kill me since I was with the two watchmen.”

She called on the Borno State government to regulate activities of the Civilian JTF, as the youths that attacked her were not in uniform and nobody could identify who they were.

The Legal Adviser of the Civilian JTF, Jubrin Gunda, said those that attacked her were not their members.

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