Sergeant Joseph DanIliya is one gallant Nigerian Police officer who is still alive after one in one serious encountered with Boko Haram in Madagali Divisional Police Headquarters, exchanging several guns shots with the insurgents where killed two of them and injuries many others at the cause of his official assignment. After having the fireced encountered Joseph became one of the top wanted police officer by Boko Haram.
This Gallant Police Officer is alive to tell the story hear him:
MY FIRST ENCOUNTER
On that fateful Wednesday day around 6:30pm was my off day while on Mufti thought it to visit my colleagues to see how the are faring in office knowing the fact that the entire Madagali town is in high tension and great anxiety that at any time Boko Haram Boys will attacks us. On coming to the station from my House I noticed my colleagues were just sitting down without been on alert position,I said look officers we have to always being on alert and take position this “Boys” (Boko Haram) might come at any time. Before I finish talking I heard a gun shot in my right hand, hearing all sorts of sporadic shootings from all angles, some of my colleagues took to their heels,one of them while running away with his gun I quickly grab his gun and began to shot to scare them away but realized they are too many.
At this stage I remember I have taken an oth to work for Nigeria even at the point of dead, while they are rushing inside the station which I know there are guns in side o knew too well they will take and kill the people of Madagali,it is there I said I rather die for my country than to allow them take this guns away to kill the people of Madagali which I came from ( Sukur kingdom). I took a position and targeted two of them to dead using only my left hand and shot many others,that incidents distracted them and took their men shouting “Allahukabar” and calling my name that they will certainly come back to kill me.When I realized they left, I crawled in the stations and packed all the guns away to a nearby House where an Army officer on leave lives I beg him to safe keep it for our Police station.
On leaving his house the entire Madagali became like a deserted town no any Shadow of human being I saw,and all what’s happening no one could just come out and support or render a helping hand to the Police. It was later with the support of my Soldier friend around 2am that we managed to get to a Hospital in Gulak town and later been referred to Federal Medical center Yola where I received treatment for a year and resume back to work in 2015.
MY SECOND ENCOUNTER
When I fully recovered from the gun shot I sustained in my right hand and back I returned to my duty operation in Gulak Police station of Madagali LGA.
Again one fateful Sunday morning in church a report came Boko Haram evaded a village call Chakawa, my spirit moved up with tense passion to go there, it was then our DPO asked me to go with the armed police for a rescue of Chakawa hence I’m conversant with the terrain of our area. While driving for some few kilometers I advised my colleagues that we should stop by and strategies this Boko Haram Boys can be within this bushy environment, they shouted me down that I’m too local and traditional inclined, there and then left them began to walked alone inside the rocky and bushy path.
Not quite a long walking distance and from no where this Boys engaged my colleagues in a gun battle,helplessly looking on how two of my friends were gun down to dead as there is no any gun with me. This men will stop any passersby and butcher them like rams,what safe me was a burial which I laid down. My Brother I saw all this wickedness to humanity with my necked eyes. I saw their armor Tankers,heavy weapons wondering why should this people behave this way. They now told our DPO we will not kill you people because we want you to bring one call Joseph Dan