A woman (name withheld), aged 43, has narrated what she endured in the hands of a Boko Haram abductor before she was freed from her kidnappers. The woman had gone to a bank in Maiduguri, Borno state, when she recognized a 26-year old man in the queue and raised the alarm, screaming, “He is the one, he is the one! God will punish you, you will rot in hell!”
Her outburst got everyone startled, but their bewilderment was rested when the woman said she recognized him as a Boko Haram member who had abducted her and several others, adding that the man in question had “used” her like a dog, molesting her over ten times.
Soldiers were immediately called to the scene, following which the man reportedly confessed to being a member of the Islamist sect.
He confirmed the woman’s account that he, along with other sect members had abducted several women, old and young, whom they molested on numerous occasions at the forest hide-out.
Those who witnessed her outburst praised the woman for her bravery. Her case was used to unravel several others, as relatives and neighbours of other similar rape cases began to open up, although they all refused to call names.
Equally narrating her ordeal, one woman from Cross River State (identity withheld) said she had moved to Maiduguri in search of work when she was abducted by members of the dreaded sect but managed to escape to near Bama.
The lady, who was lying on a hospital bed, recounted how she was molested by over seven men everyday for more than two months. She said she was abducted alongside about thirty women and girls, adding that leaders of the sect usually took the virgins and young ones for themselves, leaving the older or married ones for the sect’s fighters.
The victims went on to disclose that the sect members would kill most of the women who failed to satisfy their sexual urge, adding that the remaining ones who do not comply died as a result of the torture they received.