My parents’, sisters’ gruesome death led me into drugs ­—Borno IDP

AN Internally Displaced Person at Dalori camp in Maidugui on Tuesday said he took to drugs to erase memory of the slaughter of his father, mother and four sisters by Boko Haram insurgents.

Narrating his ordeal to a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), 30-year-old Abubakar Mala from Gamboru-Ngala in Borno, said his parents and sisters were brutally killed during an attack on their town.

Mala said the insurgents had stormed the town, forcing him and other residents to take to their heels.

He said when he returned days later, after the insurgents had left, he found the remains of his parents and sisters in bad shape.

“I was not a drug addict before; I had a flourishing business in Gamboru where I make good money to carter for my parents.

“Unfortunately, everything was taken away from me, including all my family.

“What do you expect me to be doing; how do you think I can forget this memories; to me, life means nothing.

“I need to forget the memory of the sad event and that is only possible through the taking of drugs.

“I love to be like this (drug addict) because it makes me forget all those madness,” said Mala.