12-year-old boy hospitalised after fighting with Fulani herdsmen who came to attack his father (photos)

Following the Fulani herdsmen attacks in Southern Kaduna, some of the victims are being hospitalized as they narrate their ordeal.

A 12-year-old Nigerian boy identified as Filibus Magaji, who is currently hospitalized at a facility in Barau Dikko, is hailed as a hero after for fighting the fulani herdsmen attackers as they attack his father with weapons.

According to saharareporters, A local volunteer aid worker said Magaji’s father survived, he is critically injured alongside two other family members on admission.

The Local Volunteer said:, “Filibus’s older brother ran for his dear life when their father was being attacked. Filibus didn’t run. He tried to fight them off and luckily both survived even though terribly hurt.

“You can’t see Filibus without something moving inside you. You just can’t. While with him today, he suddenly asked to be lifted off the bed because he said he felt someone beating him.

“He kept trying to describe that he was being attacked at that moment, and another lady had to hold him to comfort and reassure him. The hospital staff say it’s routine for him to jerk up suddenly, thinking it’s happening all over again.”

She added that his mother and other family members were killed in the attacks but little Filibus is unaware because of his severe condition.

Another victim, Zipporah Jonathan, an eight-year-old girl recently discharged from the same hospital is unaware her parents are dead.

“When she was on admission here, she always had very terrible nightmares about the attack. She was cut on the hand with a machete and still needs urgent surgery,” a hospital source said.

Zipporah’s brother admitted at the same hospital, Isaiah, has a more severe cut than his sister.

“When he was found, only a piece of flesh held his right hand together with his bone. He also doesn’t know he is now an orphan and that his older siblings have also been killed,” the source added.

Salama was a five-day-old baby when her mother was killed on May 19 in Kajuru.

“When her mom was killed last Tuesday in Kajuru, she was five days old. She is the first child of her parents, so her father is devastated.

“I spoke with him this morning, he was in so much pain and told me he doesn’t know what to do with the baby. His marriage to his late wife was less than a year old. The baby is with her aunt at the moment,” the aid worker said.

Salama’s 80-year old grandmother survived the attack, she was with her daughter-in-law when she was killed.

Currently also hospitalised, she recalled events leading to the deadly attack on them.

“She told me today that while she was begging the killers to spare the life of the new mom and take hers instead since she was old, they shot her left arm, leaving her with a ghastly wound.

“She started crying when she was telling me she saw her daughter-in-law killed right in front of her,” the aid worker added.

Reports has it that Between May 19 to 24, the herdsmen attacked Idazau, Etissi, Bakin Kogi, Dutsen Gora, UN Gora, Pushu Kallah and Magunguna villages, killing five, injuring 78, destroying 607 houses and rustling 231 cows in the process.

 Zipporah Jonathan
Zipporah’s brother
Salama’s 80-year old grandmother


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