How Boko Haram killed my precious son

By Chinasa Ogbonna


Grief and anger engulfed the serene community of Etitiafor, Abba, in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State when the remains of a boy killed by the Boko Haram insurgents were brought home from Maiduguri, Borno State, for burial.

A pensive group of relatives and friends attended the burial of the 14-year-old Emmanuel Uchechukwu Chineme who was a student of Rubby Model Secondary School, Maiduguri.

Narrating his ordeal in tears, father of the deceased, Mr. Geoffrey Ndubuisi Chineme, said that Emmanuel was a blessing that came into his family after eight  years of childlessness.

His brother-in-law, Divine John, a 300 level student of the University of Maiduguri, was also killed in the attack by the sect members.

The attack came as he was running around to save the life of his wife, Mercy who has, for two years, been suffering from kidney problem.

Chineme said that the death of his son and in-law occurred on March 6, this year, when a group of boys numbering four besieged his shop at Mafoni Ward, behind Borno State College of Legal and Islamic Studies and opened fire on them.

“I was in my shop, with the whole members of my family. We started running for dear life. How I  got out of the scene with my wife and my two other children remains a miracle;” he said.

According to him, he came back when the attackers had left the scene to behold his son and his in-law lying in their pool of blood at his shop. He later reported the matter to the police.

Mr Chineme, who deals on refridgerator and air conditioner parts, said that the incident  which happened at about 4pm sent residents of the area scampering for safety for as long as the 30 minutes attack lasted.

The businessmen who has lived in Maiduguri for 25 years said that he has no intension to return to the town after his experience in the hands of the Islamic insurgents.

He specifically appealed for help from the government and good- spirited individuals in tackling the problem of his wife who need N25,000 for a kidney transplant.

Meanwhile, she has been placed on a regular dialysis and other drugs to sustain her.

“I cannot stand losing a son and a wife within the same period”, he moaned.


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