21 June 2016
An Internally Displaced Person at Dalori camp in Maidugui said on Tuesday that he took to drugs to erase the memory of the “slaughter’’ of his father, mother and four sisters by Boko Haram insurgents.
Narrating his ordeal 30-year-old Abubakar Mala from Gamboru-Ngala in Borno, said his parents and sisters were brutally killed during an attack on their town.
Mala said the insurgents stormed the town, forcing himself and other residents to take to their heels.
He said when he returned days later after the insurgents had left, he found the remains of his parents and sisters in bad shape.
“I was not a drug addict before; I had a flourishing business in Gamboru where I make good money to cater to my parents.
“Unfortunately, everything was taken away from me, including all my family.
“What do you expect me to be doing; how do you think I can forget this memories; to me, life means nothing.
“I need to forget the memory of the sad event and that is only possible through the taking of drugs.
“I love to be like this (drug addict) because it makes me forget all those madness,’’ Mala said.