The female suicide bomber, who was intercepted
by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Tuesday
Maiduguri, admitted to had been given N200 to embark on the mission,
adding that she was abducted two years ago and later married a Boko
Haram commander named ‘Amir’
The suicide bombers tried to
attack motorists at the NNPC Mega Station along Damboa Road. One was
shot dead while the other was arrested.
Speaking to Daily Nigerian in Borno, the 18-year-old identified as Amina claims was abducted two
years ago by Boko Haram in Madagali, Adamawa, and taken to Sambisa
“They gave us N200 each which they said we should use to buy food for ourselves,” she said.
“It took us three days to come to Maiduguri on a motorcycle. We were
directed by the sect members to detonate our explosives anywhere we saw
any form of gathering. They said if we press the button, the bomb would
explode and we will automatically go to heaven. I was scared, so I told
them that I could not
detonate any explosive. So, they said if Zainab detonated her own, it
would serve the purpose. On our way to Maiduguri, we encountered the
military and they were
shooting. I was very scared and the people that brought us ran away.
“I am from Imam Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, even though I have
never seen Shekau. But I hear about him in Gobarawa,” Amina added.
She said that her father, mother and younger brother, Umar, were all
killed when they tried to escape from the Boko Haram enclave where they
were held hostage.
“We came from Gobarawa along Damboa, Madagali and Algarno axis, a
community where a lot of us were held hostage and married off by the
sect members. I also am married to a Boko Haram Commander known as “Amir”.
The NSCDC Commandant in Borno, Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the command
had handed over the suspect to the Garrison Commander, 7 Division of the
Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, “for proper investigation”.
The theater commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Lucky
Irabor, confirmed that the suspect was in custody of the Army, and that
she would undergo investigation.
“We are going to profile her as she would give us the lead to get to other insurgents,” he said.