May 15, 2017 – How Boko Haram Uses Herbalist To Brainwash Young Girls With Charms To Carry Out Suicide Bombings
A 14-year-old repentant suicide bomber has narrated how Boko Haram drafts young girls to commit suicide.
The girl whose identity was not disclosed for safety reasons chose not to denote her explosives in Maiduguri after being strapped with it and sent on a mission to kill.
According to her, she was sent on the mission after she refused marriage proposals from top Boko Haram members in Sambisa Forest.
She is among three suspects arrested by the military when they allegedly came for a suicide mission at a military facility in Jakana, Maiduguri.
She told the NAN in Maiduguri yesterday that she was abducted with her father, Usman, by Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno State, in 2013.
She said she and her father were running to Mandara mountains for safety when they were abducted.
The suspect said she and her father wanted to travel to Madagali in Adamawa State where he sold cows before Boko Haram insurgents attacked Gwoza.
”I have spent three years in the hands of Boko Haram.Three different Boko Haram chief (terrorists) had proposed to marry me and I refused. Two among them were commanders (amir).
”When I refused for the third time, one of the commanders became furious and threatened to kill me and my father. I told him I would rather die than marry a Boko Haram (terrorist).
”So, after one week, they said since I have refused to get married, I should be taken to Maiduguri for a suicide mission. So, three of them held my hands and they injected me.
” Then, I never knew what was happening again.
‘’I was taken to a herbalist, who, after I regained consciousness, told me that I had been with him for 30 days.
”He told me he was preparing me for a mission. So he gave me some water to drink. I don’t know what it tasted like but I drank it. So, he said they would come and pick me today.
” At about 7p.m. three Boko Haram (members) came with a male and a female. They were also recruited for the mission like me.
”We spent one and a half days on the road to Maiduguri. It was when we got to Maiduguri that they strapped the bombs on our bodies. At that moment I knew that I was going to die, so I started crying.
” I was watching when the first bomber, a female, detonated her explosive close to a military checkpoint which killed no one but herself. The second, a male, was killed by the military before he could detonate his.
“At that time something told me to remove my own IED and surrender which I did. I was surrounded by soldiers and policemen and I fainted.
” When I woke, I discovered that one of the policemen at the checkpoint was a brother of my mother.
I think that was the reason I survived,’’ the suspect said.
Operatio Lafiya Dole Commander Major General Lucky Irabor said the suspects were being de-radicalised at the military detention facility.