What do we do?
Is there another road?
Should we just go back to Damaturu?
Should we reschedule our flight?
Should we go and pass Jigawa?
Can’t explain how I was feeling.
While we were waiting to decide on the next step, mobile police officers stationed inside the bushes, ran out of the bushes close by with their bags and food plates.
One I spoke with said he has 5 children at home.
LMFAOOooo… Who wan die???? (Speaking pidgin English)
They told us to be on the lookout, that if we see anything unusual, we should alert the few security guys with us.
We were told that 3 weeks prior, BH launched an attack on that same village we were at the moment.
So, it is possible they’re already close by.
Shit hook me!
While we were looking out for BH guys, I was re-evaluating my entire life and wondering why it is this place of all places I chose to end it.
“God if I make it out of here alive, I will join the church choir and serve you for the rest of my life”, was the next prayer!
Apparently, the military guys manning the checkpoints had called for backup because they didn’t have enough men on ground to repel the incoming attack.
The best plan was to lay an ambush and wait for the Boko Haram fighters to walk into it.
In a few minutes, backup arrived.
Immediately I heard the sirens approaching.
Guess what came in?
Several army trucks, JTF trucks, local vigilantes, RPG launchers, 50 caliber BMGs mounted on armoured trucks.
Iyalaya anybody… I almost signed up to join the Army.
Ahan awon boys didn’t come to play at all.
I felt ashamed. Small small boys are carrying a gun to fight Boko Haram, I’m here pressing phone while they risk their lives for one purpose and one purpose alone, so that I can press phone in peace.
God bless Nigerian Army
And then, more men arrived. I immediately had another erection. Kilode?????
Morale was high. Men were ready to fight. The people were cheering. The perfect recipe for victory!
To be honest, I was terrified and at the same time, excited.
Like the military, civilian JTF, vigilantes, and NSCDC advanced to the suspected Boko Haram entry point, we followed closely behind.
They stopped, disembarked and took positions while we stood from a distance to watch the action unfold.
It was tense for real.
After the guys positions, we waited.
Few minutes of waiting and looking far into the desert just on the right side of the road, we started seeing what looked like a Boko Haram advance party. A truck and a car following closely.
Immediately, soldiers moved in to engage.
The soldiers, with guns pointed, started approaching the truck slowly.
They signalled the driver of the truck to stop. He obeyed and a man half-dressed in military gear jumped out of the truck.
He walked slowly towards us with his hands up while guns were still pointed at him.
As soon as he reached us, the soldiers on ground ID’d him and found out that he’s also a soldier of the Nigerian Army.
Apparently, he was a “spotter”. He told us the BH(Boko Haram) guys had turned back when they realised an ambush was waiting for them in front.
Who informed BH? Hmmmmm…
After 2 hours of laying an ambush and waiting for Boko Haram, we were finally given clearance to continue our trip to Maiduguri.
The entire road was opened to commuters again.
We got into Maiduguri just in time for our flight back to Abuja.
What I witnessed and heard from soldiers and policemen on the ground about the e unending war is incredible. Not going into that today.
I just want to use this thread to appreciate the gallant men of the Nigerian Army today.
We’ll talk about the entire war some other time.