Operatives of the Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Tuesday intercepted two teenage girls, including an ex-wife of the factional leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Mamman Nur.
State commandant of the corps, Ibrahim Abdu, while parading the girls at a press briefing in Maiduguri, said they were suspected to have been smuggled from Sambisa forest into the town carry out suicide attacks.
Abdu disclosed that one of the girls, a 15-year-old Fatima Kabir, confessed to being a former wife to Mamman Nur and that medical test proved that she is carrying a four-month pregnancy.
The other teenager, 14-year-old Amina Salisu, has equally admitted married to two seperate Boko Haram members in Sambisa forest, he added.
The commandant further revealed that the girls were found loitering at the popular Kano Motor Park in Maiduguri metropolis and that upon extensive interrogation, they confessed to being sneaked in into Maiduguri for possible suicide attacks. After proper investigation, the command would hand them over to the appropriate authority for next line of action.
However, in a separate interview with journalists, the girls denied that they were on any suicide mission, saying they escaped from the Boko Haram camp in Sambisa and surrendered to the troops in Bita village, Gwoza local government area of Borno state.
Fatima claimed that she hailed from Gwoza town and was abducted by the insurgents and taken to Sambisa three years ago.
"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 forest and married with one Boko commander or 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", Fatima said.
“They 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 IDP camps. So while staying there till night, stranded with nowhere to go, some operatives of the civil defence apprehended us and took us here.”
Amina, who said she was married to two insurgents that later abandoned her and fled Sambisa, also corroborated Fatima’s narrations, saying she hailed from Gulak town in Adamawa State but was abducted and taken to Sambisa two years ago.