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Boko Haram: Rescued Women in forced marriages recounts ordeal

A 30-year-old widow, Safiya Yusuf, one of the family members of Boko Haram insurgents rescued by a joint military operation comprising the 4 Special Forces Command, Doma; Operation Whirl Stroke, Nigeria Navy Ship Lugard, the Nigerian Air Force and Command Army Records in the Ugya area of the Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, has explained how terrorists kidnapped and impregnated her after she was divorced by her previous husband.

Narrating her predicament in an exclusive interview with PUNCH Metro in Lafia on Monday, Safiya said her ex-husband, whom she got married to over 12 years ago and had two children with, took her from Niger State to Uttu and abandoned her and the children there for several years.

She said she never knew that he had a hidden agenda of introducing her to an Islamic sect in Uttu.

She added that the dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from the North-East, who were hiding in the Uttu forest, took advantage of her situation, kidnapped and impregnated her after killing her ex-husband.

“The first husband, who I had two children for and is from Niger State, took me to the Uttu forest area of the Toto LGA of Nasarawa State, where I had never been to before, and abandoned me there with our kids,” Safiya stated.

According to her, she spent 10 years in the marriage with her previous husband, adding that the terrorist, who kidnapped her, impregnated her and she has two children for him.

Another widow, 34-year-old Zainab Musa, whose husband was kidnapped and killed by the terrorists, told our correspondent that she was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Niger State and taken to the Toto camp, adding that she gave birth to a child for one of them, whom she can’t identify.

A rescued widow, Sadiyat Sanusi, whose husband was also kidnapped and killed in Kogi State said, “After killing my husband, they took me to Barada in the Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State and we have been there for two years, where I was impregnated.”

She said while at the camp in Koton Karfe, military personnel started shooting at them and in the process, some of the terrorists were killed.

Sadiyat expressed happiness that the military stormed the Toto camp, but expressed worry that the terrorist, who fathered her four children, was killed by the military during the raid.

The women appealed to the governors of the affected states to come to their aid, adding that they had lost their husbands and did not have anything to take care of their children.


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