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Teenage ‘Wife’ Of Boko Haram Leader Rescued
The Borno State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has said that it intercepted two teenage girls suspected of being suicide bombers, one of who was allegedly married to the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mamman Nur.
Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno State, Ibrahim Abdu, said this during a press briefing in Maiduguri, noting that the girls were suspected to have been smuggled from Sambisa forest into the town to wreak havoc on innocent civilians.
Abdu said one of the girls, 15-year-old Fatima Mohammed Kabir, confessed to have been married to Mamman Nur, while the other girl, 14-year-old Amina Salisu, also admitted being married to two separate Boko Haram fighters in the Sambisa forest.
The NSCDC boss also said that medical test showed that Fatima is four months pregnant and tested positive to HIV.
But in their narratives, the girls said they were forcefully abducted when the insurgents attacked their respective villages years ago.
Fatima said: “I am an indigene of Gwoza town, one day Boko Haram stormed our town, killed many people and kidnapped me.
“Since then, I have been living in the dreaded forest and being married from one Boko commander to another.
“I was tired of that horrifying life so one day I resolved fleeing which I succeeded.
“As I was running, I saw team of military men and quickly rushed to them and narrated my ordeal.
“They sympathized with me and took me to their colleagues in Gwoza, who in turn conveyed me to Kano motor park in Maiduguri and gave me the sum of N3,000 and say I should use it for food and transport to look for my parents in one of the camps for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
“So while staying there the night fell and I became stranded with nowhere to go, some operatives of the civil defence apprehended us and brought ushere.
“She further said that after her marriage to the factional leader of Boko Haram, she was married to two other Boko Haram members who later abandoned her and fled from Sambisa.
The other teenage girl, Amina Salisu also said that she was from Gulak town in Adamawa state but was abducted and taken to Sambisa two years ago.
She said she was married to two insurgents during her captivity which lasted for two years.
Amina corroborated Fatima’s narration that they were stranded before their arrest and that they never planned detonating any explosive.