7 Year Old Nigerian boy survived Fulani attack
Morning Star News has recently told the story of a 7-year-old Nigerian boy who talked about surviving Fulani massacre, and seeing his 21-year-old uncle die trying to save him.
The boy, who they call Jerome, for security reasons, told how he woke to the sounds of gunfire around midnight on May 3.
Jerome’s father, 39, told his younger brother, 21-year-old Istifanus Arewa, to take the family into hiding in a forest 200 meters away. As Jerome fled with his uncle, mother and grandmother, the herdsmen began to shoot at them, the boy said.
Jerome told Morning Star News:
“My uncle pulled me down and asked my mother and grandmother to also lie down on the ground in order to avoid the bullets that were being shot at us. As we lay there on the ground, one of the herdsmen came to where we were and pointed his gun at my uncle. When the Fulani man was about to shoot my uncle, my uncle jumped up and grabbed him, and they began to wrestle each other.”
Arewa shouted for them to run, but Jerome did not move:
“My mother and grandmother ran away while I stood there crying and calling for help,” he said. “But as this was going on, another Fulani man shot me, and the bullet hit me on the upper side of my right shoulder. I fell down and crawled under a thick shrub.”
He watched as his uncle and the other Fulani wrestled. The herdsmen who shot Jerome then turned and shot at his uncle, who was holding tightly to the other Fulani.
Arewa died trying to save his relatives, said Jerome’s father, whose identity is withheld for security reasons.
Also wounded that night was Moses Ayuba, a 29-year-old member of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Gwanje. He received treatment for serious injuries at the Federal Medical Center, Keffi, in Nasarawa, relatives said.
Source: Morning Star News