I Witnessed Boko Haram Slit 50 Peoples Throat In The Forest..Female Escapee

Two women abducted by Boko Haram insurgents  in the North-East have given a rare account of life as captives.
While one who  was held captive for 15 days, said she had a marriage proposal from one of the Islamist militants, the other said she was almost turned into a killer.
“They asked me if I am Christian or Muslim. I said I am a Christian,” said 23-year-old Liatu, as she recounted her ordeal   in the hands of Boko Haram members to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
“On the 11th day (in captivity), they brought a man to me and said that he liked me and that  I should convert to Islam so that he can marry me,” she added in the report published by the BBC on Monday.
Liatu claimed that in Sambisa Forest, Borno State, where she was taken to after being seized   at a roadblock last year, she witnessed the killing of 50 persons by the insurgents.
According to her, the insurgents, who had earlier killed Muslims employed by the government, preferred to use knives to slit peoples’ throats than shooting them.
She said, “They were slitting people’s throats with knives. Both women and men were killed, especially the men who didn’t agree to fight for them.
“Those that tried to escape were shot but they hardly ever used their guns to kill. They usually used knives. About 50 people were killed right in front of me.”
Liatu  also told the BBC that  the  terrorists  were usually tipped off about any imminent attack by the   army.
This, she claimed, allowed the militants  to hide in caves and forests close to the Cameroonian border.
Liatu, who    refused to eat anything during her days  in captivity, added that  after being told about the proposed marriage, she made an extremely risky escape.
She said, “One of the captives stood up and said, ‘You only die once. Who is ready to make a run for it?’ Six of us jumped into one of the Boko Haram vehicles in the camp – a Volkswagen Golf.
“They chased us on motorbikes, shooting at the car until we got close to Bama town. Then they left and we got out of the car to continue on foot as there was a curfew in place. It was only then that I realised the three people on the backseat had all been shot dead.”
Like, Liatu, 19-year-old Janet, said she witnessed the slaughtering of people by the militants.
“They went to Gwoza and brought five people to the camp. They started slaughtering them in front of me,” said Janet, who  was in  the insurgents’ den for three months.
At a point, she added, the insurgents ordered her  to slit the throat of one of the captured people but she declined.
“Then they ordered me to slit one of their throats. I refused. I told them I couldn’t do it. Then the wife of the leader of the group killed him instead.” Janet said.
She said she recognised the faces of the men who held her captive as most of them came from her area.
Janet said, “I knew almost all the people in the group I was with. I knew them from my home area.
“I was really angry and when I couldn’t keep quiet any longer, I said to one of them, ‘When we were at home you would even visit me and I respected you. So why are you doing this to me?”
A teacher who survived last month’s attack on a boarding school in Yobe State also narrated to the BBC how the insurgents killed some pupils in the institution.
“I peeped through the window and saw the gunshots coming in… and there was a lot of shouting,” he said, declining to give his name.
The teacher added, “I came back silently and said, ‘Let us lock our doors and pray. If they come in, that is maybe the end of our lives.’ We kept on praying and praying and praying.
“In one house, they even met two children that had been left behind by their parents who had fled to the bush. After coming in, the insurgents saw the children sleeping on their mattress.
“They woke them up asked them to go outside. They put the mattress outside and asked them to sleep. Then they set the house ablaze.
“We cried. Some of them were slaughtered like goats. Others were shot.
“Most of them had high hopes that they would be future leaders. Some of them in class were telling us they would be lawyers and doctors. They were full of ambition.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. Something is wrong
    How were they communicating in the first place. This insurgents,which network are they using? Government should look into all these.

  2. its alright they should continue killing....since they are enjoyin it..we are tired of crying and wishing they stop and we unfortunately have to be selfish here because i can not comprehend why a human being will decide to start killing his/her fellow human being because they want to take power..every northern should just bear in mind that any day dey bring this killing canibals to the south we divide the country immediately.

  3. Buhari is behind all dis... God will jugde him nd all others sponsors of boko haram. Pls government shouldn't spear any one cought in the act.

  4. Why will u said Buari is behind dis killings?, av u gotten any proofs? Lets mind d way we talk sometimes because of God judgement

  5. Yes, buhari is behind this he said it and is happening but d only prayer I have 4 him and his member's if God is still the Almighty God. He will surly punish buhari and his members he will never live to see 2015 election all d blood of innocent of dis con3 will hurt him any where he goes. Know peace 4 the wicked he will never know peace in his life. Wicked old evil man just because they didn't give u dis con3 to rule that is why ur wasting innocent life's u will surly pay 4 all ur evil's mark it some where. God is watching

  6. God pls up root &destroy all d boKo haram members in Jesus name amen .

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