Four Years After, Man Recounts How Daughter Died in Boko Haram Captivity

Aisha Hassan was among 155 students of the Government Girls’ College of Technology, Dapci in Yobe State, whisked away by fighters of the Boko Haram terror group in 2018. She would later die in captivity. Four years after, her death still hurts Alhaji Hassan, her father.

Alhaji Hassan had got a wind of information that the terror group were approaching an area where his daughter’s school is located, but he was helpless just like some instituted authorities who got intel about the invasion.

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“I called the chairman of Dapci Local Government and I let him know that these people (Boko Haram) are practically near Dapchi and he corroborated my words, saying he was equally aware,” Hassan said in a HumAngele’s podcast produced in Hausa. “He told me he had informed the commandant in Gaidam to put him on alert.”

About 10 minutes after the first conversation, Hassan called the chairman again, but he got a similar response. Eventually, the terrorists took control of the town where they kidnapped the students.

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Hassan became worried about his daughter. He knew the little girl was fragile. She can not endure the hardship.

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“When Aisha was alive, whenever she does something wrong and I threaten to punish her, she became terrified and ran to her aunt’s home,” Hassan reminisced, adding he could not think of how she would react if a terrorist pointed a gun at her face.


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