An 18-year-old Boko Haram self-acclaimed suicide bomber, Amina, intercepted by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said she was paid N200 for the mission.
Amina said she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa State, and was later taken to the dreaded Sambisa forest.
“They gave us N200 each which they said we should use to buy food for ourselves.
“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.”
She added, “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.”
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, in 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”.
Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Major-General 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,” Irabor said.
Personnel of the NSCDC had earlier intercepted two female suicide bombers, who tried to ram into motorists at the NNPC Mega Station along Damboa Road, Maiduguri.
The Commandant of the corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the incident occurred at about 6.45am.
“Personnel at the NNPC Station intercepted two female suicide bombers who were targeting motorists on the long queue at the NNPC Mega Petrol Station at about 6.45am.
“One of the bombers got scared and threw away her bomb and was instantly arrested, while the other one began to run after people with her explosive but luckily, she was shot on the leg by our personnel after he chased her to a safe place.”