The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno State has nabbed the former wife to one of Boko Haram commanders.
Fatima Kabir, an erstwhile wife of the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mamman Nur, was one of the two teenage suspected suicide bombers intercepted by the NSCDC in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, the NSCDC said the Islamic sect leader’s 15-year-old ex-wife had Mamman Nur as her first husband before she was divorced and later married to two other insurgents in a space of two years during her captivity.
Upon her arrest, Fatima was four months pregnant and tested positive to HIV when she was caught loitering at a Maiduguri motor park, The Punch reports.
Narrating her ordeal, Fatima who hailed from Gwoza town and was abducted by the insurgents and taken to Sambisa forest three years ago, 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 also passed from one Boko Haram commander to another.
“I was tired of that horrifying life; so, one day, I resolved to flee, and I succeeded. As I was running, I saw a team of military men and quickly rushed to them and narrated my ordeal.”
“They sympathised with me and took me to their colleagues in Gwoza, who in turn conveyed me to Kano motor park in Maiduguri and gave me N3,000 to use for food and transport.
“I was told to look for my parents in one of the camps for the Internally Displaced Persons. The night fell and I became stranded with no where to go. Some operatives of the civil defence apprehended us and took us here.”
The other teenage girl arrested alongside Fatima, Amina Salisu, confirmed Fatima’s narration.
She added that they were stranded before their arrest and that they never planned detonating any explosive.
Amina said she hailed from Gulak town in Adamawa State, but was abducted and taken to Sambisa two years ago.
She also alleged that she was married to two insurgents during her captivity which lasted for two years.
During the briefing, the Borno State Command of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdu, said the intelligence operatives intercepted the two teenage girls, comprising an ex-wife of the factional leader of Boko Haram sect.
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 to wreak havoc on innocent civilians.