Minutes after she had escaped a suicide attack in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, a 90-year-old Internally Displaced Person, Zahrah Musa, on Wednesday rushed back to within the heart of the incident to save her N300 potatoes.
It is understood that while her fellow IDPs kept a safe distance from the scene of the bombing, Zahrah searched her burnt tent in an effort to recover the potatoes.
Apparently opting for her crave for food over her life, Zahra, it was learnt, kept kept saying “I am very hungry” as she searched for her potatoes and ignored emergency rescue workers from the National Emergency Management Agency who tried to stop her.
Zahrah, who was one of the injured victims during the explosion, didn’t budge to the request from a NEMA official as she insisted that getting back her food was of paramount importance to her.
When it became obvious she would not yield to the request, the official had to carry her in his hands to a mobile ambulance to treat her bleeding legs – while she continued to protest, saying she must be allowed to get back her potatoes, which she bought the previous day at N300.
NAN reports that the scene of the early morning attack at Muna garage was an unofficial IDP camp, where people live on their own without access to the food rations provided by the government and other support groups.
However, the Chairman of the State Emergency Management, Mr Satomi Ahmed, said that the state government would provide relief materials to those living in such camps.
“So far, seven people were killed including the three suicide bombers while 18 IDPs were severely injured.
“The injured were taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, for proper medical attention,” he said.