by ‘Jola Sotubo
The terrorist sect, Boko Haram has claimed many lives since it began its reign of terror in the North and it has also left behind a vast horde of victims.
The militants have killed and maimed men and kidnapped and raped women and even young girls and they continue to do so daily.
One middle aged woman lived to tell the story of her ordeal and even happened on one of her attackers at a bank where she promptly got him arrested.
It was the last week of January; Salma Abubakar (not her real names) had finished her transaction in one of the frontline banks in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria’s most volatile state, Borno. All she needed to do, before she stepped out of the banking hall, was to drop a copy of her transaction teller in the designated box.
But someone attracted her attention. She had to pause and look again. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would ever see that face again. She carefully walked towards the 26-year-old who was standing in a queue waiting to be attended by the cashier.
Salma, 43, could not believe her eyes, and in order not to let the only moment she had so much longed for to escape her, she at once pounced on the young man, holding him by the collar of his shirt with both hands and shouting, “He is the one, he is the one! God will punish you, you will rot in hell!”
Everyone one at the banking hall was left confused, as the security operatives there struggled to release the young man from the strangle hold of the woman, who was still screaming.
When Salma, still clutching the shirt of the young man, finally regained her breath, she said “this young man here was part of the group that kidnapped me and other women to the bush; and this particular boy forcefully slept with me more than ten times; he used me like a dog; God will never forgive him. Please don’t let him go; he must die”.
Soldiers were invited inside the banking hall, and to cut a long story short, the young man confessed to being a Boko Haram member and had truly abducted many women – both old and young – whom they often gang-raped in their bush hideouts.
After the incident, those who saw Salma walked away, heard her saying loudly almost absentmindedly, raising her hands upward saying “God, I thank you, even if I die today, I am a happy woman”.
LEADERSHIP Sunday can authoritatively report that in the past two years, no less than 200 women and girls (both married and single) have been abducted and taken to the camps of Boko Haram, and have probably suffered the agonies of being turned into sex tools by men of the Boko Haram who forcefully defile them or forced them into unholy marriages while being held in captivity.