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A man who was captured by members of the Boko Haram sect has opened up on his ordeal while in their den.
Alhaji Mustapha Oyeyinka decided to visit Nigeria with his family so that his children would be conversant with their roots.
Unfortunately for him, it is a decision he has come to regret. Alhaji Oyeyinka is now blind and has been left traumatized after seeing his wife continually raped by the insurgents during the 3 months they spent in captivity.
According to him, the trouble started when he was on a journey to Kaduna.
He told The Sun:
“I do not know the village, but I know that it’s Kaduna because there was a billboard that had the address on it. We ran into a little traffic jam caused by some men who were in military uniform.
They were stopping vehicles and searching them. When it got to our turn, they asked us to get down.
The driver asked us to relax, as it was a routine. Suddenly, there were gunshots; people started lying down on the floor while some were shouting Jesus! Jesus! In a split of seconds, they shot all those who they heard shouting Jesus.
They drove into the bush and at a point stopped and blindfolded everyone.
Everyone was silent, except for the loud voice of our captors who kept speaking Arabic language. After driving about 50 kilometres, they stopped and asked us to get down from the truck. Our blindfolds were removed.
“We found ourselves in a camp built with mini halls which later turned out to be our detention room. There were so many young men. It was then that they told us in Hausa that they are Boko Haram members.
They collected our phones, and asked us to strip down including the women.
“They asked if there is anyone related to the president or any influential Nigerian. Those who said yes were immediately slaughtered and their bodies taken away. Those who claimed that they were Christians were also killed if they failed to renounce their religion.
I told them that I am a practicing Muslim and they asked me if I was ready to kill for Allah. I kept quiet and the leader of the group said that with time I would beg to join them.
“It was then that I said never and one of them hit me on the head with his gun. I fainted and woke up later in an open hall with my hand and feet tied up. We were kept in that room without food until the next day when they came and took all the women out including my wife.
“They returned them two hours later. It was then my wife told me that they were raped by more than five men each. It was terrible, I couldn’t help my wife but I was consoled that she was still alive. Every day, they will come and carry all the women out to be raped and those who did not come back were slaughtered because they resisted.
It was terrible knowing that every day different kind of men will forcefully have sex with your wife and you cannot do anything about it.”
“Then I had completely lost my sight. The after effect of that gun on my head was blindness. I was lucky that my wife was with me to attend to me if need be. On May 8, 2011, the camp remained deserted because they had gone out to hunt. One of the guards came to our cell and picked the prettiest woman among the women. For fear that his people might see him; he shifted her to the end of the hall and had sex with her there.
She was just screaming. While he was at it, we heard the sound of the truck, and he quickly ran out of the hall and forgot to lock the cell.
They all jumped into the truck and drove off. “We waited till everywhere was really quiet and took off into the bush.
My wife was there to assist me since I could no longer see. We only left a young girl who was too weak behind.
She was young and beautiful, so sometime they will come for her more than once in a day. It was a survival of the fittest, so we left her behind.
“We got to a point and a Fulani woman who was fetching firewood asked us to follow her. She took us to their village head where we were given food and clothes.
He also made an arrangement for a vehicle to take us to Kaduna town. We took the next bus down to Lagos.” Since his horrible ordeal,
Alhaji Oyeyinka has been on a journey to reclaim his sight, but to no avail.
However, he has finally made plans to go back to his base in Europe where he believes his sight will be restored.