April 15, 2024

Boko Haram: My mates in captivity have four children each — Amina, freed Chibok girl

Boko Haram: My mates in captivity have four children each — Amina, freed Chibok girl

By Miftaudeen Raji

One of the 276 abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, Amina Ali Nkeki has revealed that some of her mates, in the captivity of Boko Haram, have four children each.

Amina made this revelation in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.

Recall the 276 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014.

Meanwhile, 271 students were kidnapped on that unfortunate day but 57 girls escaped shortly in 2014, 103 were released through the intervention of the Federal Government, 20 others freed by the efforts of the state government but 92 students are still in captivity, according to parents of the abducted schoolgirls.

But, Amina regained freedom in 2016 with a baby and a Boko Haram fighter who claimed to be her husband.

Narrating her ordeal, Amina said, “Some of them are mothers of three children, four children. It’s not easy for them,” adding that 92 of her colleagues still in captivity. 

“She said they will be going through hunger and sicknesses and other challenges of motherhood in the forest.”

Amina, who is currenty a 200-level student of Mass Communication at a university in Yola, said “I feel so sad because that place is not a good place for anyone.” 

The freed Chibok girl expressed hope that her mates would “be released one day.”

When asked about the welfare of her baby, Amina said, “She is fine, she is living here in Yola.”

On how she escaped in 2016, Aminasaid, “I escaped when soldiers were in the forest to fight those Boko Haram people. They (insurgents) were running to the bush to hide and we (the hostages) also ran.

“After that, we went our own way. That was how we escaped but because of how big the bush was, and we didn’t know our way, it took us one month plus before we came out (of the forest).”

Nkeki said she agreed to marry a Boko Haram fighter while in captivity because she viewed the path as a route of escape from her abductors. 

“For me, I married so that I will get freedom to go where I wanted and from there, I will escape.”

She said the insurgents threatened them to marry them or became their slaves for life.

“They told us that if we didn’t agree to marry them, we are going to be their slaves. So, because of that fear, some of us thought instead of being slaves, let’s get married.

“That’s how some people decided to get married. And some people took all the risk. Some of us got married that may be it will be a way for of escape, most especially a person like me,” she said.

Photo: Channels Television