Chibok Girls Now Boko Haram Fighters, Woman Freed From Sect’s Camp Says


More than 200 girls abducted from Chibok, Borno State by Islamist sect group Boko Haram may not be coming back, a returnee from the insurgents’ captivity has suggested.

According to 21-year-old Tabitha Adamu, one of the women freed from the sect’s camp and handed over to the Borno State Government last week, the girls had turned to Boko Haram fighters.

Tabitha is expecting a baby for one of the sect’s commanders who forcibly married her.

She said she mingled with the girls at various times in the sect’s camp.

“They killed my father and brother. They took me along with my mother but at some point we were separated. Since then, I’ve not set my eyes on my mother. When he (Abu Kabir, my Boko Haram husband), wanted to marry me, he gave the women who were taking care of us N5,000 as my bride price.

“Before the marriage, I was asked to convert to Islam. I did so because many who refused were killed and they gave me a name (Samira). I answered the name but I know my true name is my real name. When we were rescued I told the soldiers that my name is Tabitha.

“They asked me if I am one of the wives of the Boko Haram and I told them my story. They felt for me and they treated me well.

“Many people asked me since we were liberated, particularly about the pregnancy. I don’t know the right answer to give because I actually do not know what to do. It has happened. I don’t know what the authorities would do about it but I think it is too late to abort it. But my prayer is that I give birth safely,” The Nation quoted her to have said.

Tabitha said she completed her secondary education and earned a certificate in computer appreciation in Maiduguri before moving to join her parents in Gwoza, at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency. She explained that she was taken from Bayan Dutse in Gwoza Local Government Area, when the insurgents invaded her village.

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