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Blind Boko Haram Escapee Tells Story: Spain-Based Nigerian Couple Vow Never To Return Home

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August 24, 2014 – Boko Haram Survivors Tell Story: Spain-Based Nigerian Couple Vow Never To Return Home

The Boko Haram insurgency is far be­yond the problem of the North East people as families in other parts of the country are now equally battling the bitter taste of the sect’s rampaging ac­tivities. One of such is Alhaji Mustapha Oy­eyinka who is now cursing the day he decid­ed to relocate to Nigeria from Europe where his family has been doing fine. Today, he has not only lost his sight to the insurgents but live with an agonizing memory of seeing his wife raped along with other women almost on a daily basis for three months in one of the camps of the deadly sect in Kaduna State.

Excited about his return to Nigeria, the victim sometime in February 2011 decided to take a trip to Kaduna with his wife, Rachael to attend a wedding ceremony. Unknown to him, that trip will alter his destiny as they ended up in a Boko Haram camp where they spent three horrifying months.

Enraged and bitter, the frustrated 50-year- old Oyeyinka said he has remained in hiding in Lagos since he regained his freedom and refused to tell his story because he was too terrified. He said he decided to open up now because he has made up his mind to return to his base in Spain in Europe where he expects a miracle to regain his sight. In an encounter with Saturday Sun, he told his sordid story.

My story

As a matter of policy, Oyeyinka, who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State, ensured that he comes home from Europe regularly in an attempt not to forget his roots. “Shortly after my university days, I relocated to Europe in 1988, in search of business opportunities. I was into importation and exportation of goods to and from Europe. I never wanted to forget my root hence I invested in Nigeria. I made it a matter of policy to always return to Nigeria and spend some months.

“As usual, we returned to Nigeria in November 2011 on a long vacation. The plan was to gradually relocate our children down to Nigeria, so that they will not forget their roots. It was also an opportunity to audit our investments and in February 2012, one of my friends invited us over to Kaduna for his wedding.

“I was so excited and my kids pleaded that they wanted to be a part of that trip. I refused because I wanted to use this as an opportunity to hang out with my wife alone. It was also an opportunity to return to the North and see how it had developed. In the early 90s, I used to buy goods from Saudi Arabia and sell them in Ilorin and Kano. I had a lot of friends in Kano.”

According to Alhaji Oyeyinka, his friend made arrangement for a mini bus that will convey them to and from Kaduna. The trip was very smooth till they got to Kaduna. “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.

“I later discovered that the soldiers were not wearing boots and some were smoking. I waved that observation aside since it was in a bush. I assumed that they were tired of wearing boots for hours. 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. It was then that it dawned on me that these were no robbers.”

Terrified and quietly praying for divine intervention, Alhaji Oyeyinka laid on the ground alongside others who survived the shooting. Minutes later, a truck emerged from the bush and they were asked to step into the truck. “We were more than 50 that were packed in the open truck and the rest in another truck. 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. I am a Muslim scholar, and understand the language  although I cannot speak. I was more terrified wondering if they were Talibans. 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. I don’t understand Hausa, so some of us helped to interpret what they were saying. 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 practising 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.”

He also claimed that they were only fed with beans, once in a day. “Initially, we were only drinking water and a can of juice. It was days later that they announced that food has arrived and asked if there was anyone in our midst that can cook. Two persons volunteered and they were taken to the kitchen every day to prepare beans. It was always half done and the excuse that was given is that they do not have enough firewood to cook beans”.

The escape

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months. Alhaji Oyeyinka, who could barely see again, waited endlessly for a messiah. “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 quite 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.”

Plans to regain sight

Ever since, they escaped from Boko Haram camp, Alhaji Oyeyinka is yet to regain his sight. “Initially, I thought that I was still suffering from the after effect of the gun that was hit on my face. I got the shock of my life when I was told that I am permanently blind. I have visited different hospitals in Nigeria and the story is the same. I am not losing hope that I will regain my sight. I will soon travel back to Europe where I hope to get my sight back. I have already started selling off every of my investments. I do not want to have anything to do with Nigeria again. I am telling my story, not for anyone to pity me but to draw the attention of Nigerians who are planning to go to the North to beware”.

Our plight, our destiny— Wife

Collaborating her husband’s story, Mrs. Rachael Oyeyinka who still looks visibly shaken said that it was God that destined that they will survive the abduction. “They took turns to rape all the women. I cannot count the number of times but every day. Some of the women got pregnant, and they were given concoctions to drink and flush it out. So many of the women who resisted were killed. If you are very pretty, they will initially reserve you for their leader. As soon as he gets another replacement, he will push the woman out for general use. It was bad and I remained strong because I had children who still need their mother. Today, my husband is blind but we strongly hope that he will regain his sight.

“I can’t wait to get out of this country. We are based in Spain and because my husband wanted to relocate some of the kids to Nigeria, we returned about three years ago. The plan was for them to go into boarding house, while our relatives will serve as guardians.”

Continuing, she said: “They forced a lot of Christians to denounce their religion. You don’t need anyone to tell you to claim to be a Muslim. This was the only way you can survive.”

[Saturday Sun]

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  1. Pelumi Israel

    August 24, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Dis is why many people will never return home because lives are no longer safe

  2. thevoice

    August 24, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    This is what happen when there is misplaced priority in any country. Our leaders swallow the money meant for all and cant find solution to Ebola and terrorism. Bad leaders, continue, there is God o chei!

  3. ogbeni jacob

    August 24, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    This story is seriously pathetic,it again confirms my fear that traveling day or night especially, on the road to and from northern Nigeria is too very unsafe.
    imagine, how on earth would they everly get over that?
    i pray you will regain your sight miraculously by the supernatural power of almighty.And all d victims with their family members shall receive divine comfort in God’s own way in jesus name. amen.
    Government, what about that, again helpless? but it almost a daily occurence. This insecurity challenge dares the co-existence of this country.

  4. Prophet Gbenga Rotimi"KINI IWO NFE"

    August 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    The word of GOD say’s”Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
    Some people dont believe in commit their ways unto Lord, talkless of asking for the will of GOD, someone, want to come to Nigeria for a big project and we pray together, the Lord reavealed that he should not go to his own town and his arrival day should be tuesday and we should have three days fasting and prayer, three days before his arrival, he refuse to do all this,even to know when he arrival, now he was in the grave, they killed him take all his belonging, before the person that collect us, call me and tell me this.
    Mr and Mrs Oyeyinka, may the restore you back in jesus name,may his miracle healing hand open your sight in jesus name(AMEN).
    Going back to Spain is not the solution my brother, Recieve the Lord helper to regain your sight back now in the mighty name of jesus(AMEN).

  5. mulikat

    August 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Am not returning home, only for holidays, and my children will never come here again till total peace and security 99%. for north am thinking hwo to sale what i have their,i will only live things in my S.west area,for that only some times for holidays,hope Nigeria break away from killers from the northern nigeria,we get our Odu.Rep.with law to kill Rapeers,Kidnappers,Robbers,Ritualist and Religion troblem maker 10yrs no visa for people from Boko Harm area,we are not part of them, we in S.west are mix in family,look at Alh.Oyeyinka muslim is wife Rachael christian no problem,i pray you get ur eye back.i will anything in my power to bring my remain younger ones and my old mother,then Nigeria is forgetting place for me till we have our own country call Odu. with new law to save the people and security,light,jobs ,no ritualist,rape,kidnapping,robbers e.t.c all those bad evils things out,i know no place is 100% save,but where am living i can say 100% save.cos i travel from 1 europe country to another at night no robbers ,very good road and no go slow,that reason i like travelling by night ,if not by air,try it in nigeria,then you are dead ,or rape the bad part,kill you for ritualist,so bad place now Boko Harm in north and Ebola in West.

  6. mulikat

    August 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Am not returning home, only for holidays, and my children will never come here again till total peace and security 99%. for north am thinking hwo to sale what i have their,i will only live things in my S.west area,for that only some times for holidays,hope Nigeria break away from killers from the northern nigeria,we get our Odu.Rep

  7. mulikat

    August 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Am not returning home, only for holidays, and my children will never come here again till total peace and security 99%. for north am thinking hwo to sale what i have their,i will only live things in my S.west .

  8. fairjudge

    August 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    What a chilling story.boko haram will all perish in jesus name. i wish the ebola virus to infect all of them in that forest.


    August 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    This is very serious. I pray u shal regain ur sight by his grace. Nigeria is stil ur fatherland. Only dat som North regions are nt friendly neither are they acomodativ enough 4 any visitation. I wil assume it reckles. Goodluck Oyeyinka family

  10. wealth

    August 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    This is too much God. I feel like crying

  11. gan

    August 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Alhaji you try and one day you will hear God have answered your prayers because God answers prayers of people that where cheated and will continue to pray for you to recovered your sight and you and your wife to forget the bad memories you entered at the results of this terrorist action

  12. hate islam

    August 24, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    er u still having anything to do wit dat deadly religion called islam? u better run to Jesus b4 is too late. c what ur religion Brother did 2 u n ur wife. u better start running from occult people called muslims. blood suckers muslims

  13. Afolabi Toyin

    August 25, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Its a pity, I pray by the grace of God that U will regain ur sight, and the book haram members will surely reap the fruit of their labour by the grace of God, they will never go unpunished.

  14. Akuwax in Zambia

    August 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    The best way to eliminate Boko Haram is to capture one of them and inject him with Ebola virus and make sure he returns to their camp in a confused state that would enable to run over and infect other Boko idiots.

  15. kelly

    August 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Painful experience, I know my God is able to heal you to recover your sight in Jesus Name.

  16. GloryPraise

    August 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Being a woman I so much pity women who av ever been or stil in Boko Haram or any other terorists’ net.If jst one person raped a lady, d memory wl 4ever b dre, talkless of a gang of animals.But God who can do wot no man cn do wl step into your cases. Alh rest on d living God, the gr8 healer he wl surprise u. That is y we call him d miracle worker.To all Nigerians, buckle up & be ready to rescue Nigeria.Govt can’t do it alone they need us. Where u re running to do u know wot can hapn dre 2moro?. Nigeria wl survive. Always confess positively.God is gr8er than the terorists, let us run away frm sin so dt our prayers could be answerd. God bless us in Jesus name

  17. Jilo

    August 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    I’m really empathized with the situation of this family and the affected ones. This is the kind of story that dissuade people esp those in diaspora to come back home and contribute their quota to the development of this Nation. How would Jonathan feels if some diseases infested, Ajegoro people rape Patience under his watch? Would he turn a blind eye and accept the fact that they are his siblings? The ship of this Country is sinking and the Captain is weak to steer the ship towards the right channel. It is sad that our leaders are not ready to do anything about the decadence of our nation’s security system. Instead of addressing this issue aggressively, they busy themselves looting the Nation’s treasury and compromise the safety of our innocent citizens into the hands of Almajiris. The day I lost all my hope in this Country was when your President said that Boko haram is our siblings therefore it is against our Norms and constitution of Nigeria to wage war against them. One man from United States told me that our President is one of those BH. My prayer is, May this President and our leadership in the justice system experience what Alhaji Oyeyinka went through IJN.

  18. augustinejunior

    August 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    thank GOD u guys are okay

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