The fate of a 75-year-old Nigerian patriot hangs in a balance after he went missing fighting against terrorists in his home state of Borno.
“We don’t even know if he’s been killed,” one of his family members told Newsroom.
Oumate Jume was, alongside Civilian-JTF vigilantes, patrolling a Boko Haram dominated area in Godalle, Gwoza local government, when terrorists seized him.
The area is near Sambisa forest.
“The Nigerian government is saying they cleared Boko Haram from Sambisa and Gwoza but I can tell you that Boko Haram is still there,” Jume’s son-in-law told our correspondent.
“Boko Haram fighters usually hang around this area. The military doesn’t patrol the place often because they could be ambushed. But Civilian-JTF does and have paid dearly for it with the lives of their members,” he said.
The terrorists ambushed Jume and company on March 23 killing some Civilian-JTF officers. Others escaped. But Jume, due to his age, could not run to safety. Boko Haram captured him.
“Some of those who escaped said Jume was shot in the leg and that they didn’t know if the terrorists later killed him,” our source said.
Jume’s brother, Salle, was captured and killed at same spot in February. So was Jume’s son who was married with two children.
The old man’s family are now scattered across Cameroon and Southern Nigeria since the Boko Haram nightmare began.
“But life has not always been like this,” a family member told us. “We lived in our own house, cooked our own meals, and in peace”.