How I was forced to marry 3 Boko Haram commanders -rescued Chibok schoolgirl

How I was forced to marry 3 Boko Haram commanders -rescued Chibok schoolgirl

One of the kidnapped schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, who was recently rescued by the troops of the Nigerian Army, Hauwa Maltha, has narrated her ordeal in the hands of terrorists.

 

 

Maltha recounted how she was; forced to marry three Boko Haram members while she was; in the terrorists’ den for nine years after their abduction in April 2014.

 

Maltha, who is one of the two girls recently rescued by soldiers, recalled on Thursday that they were; rescued when they went out to fetch water in the forest where they were; camped.

 

Chibok

 

When asked by Daily Trust if they were; forced to get married to three husbands while in captivity, she said, “Yes, it was Shekau (the late Boko Haram leader) that married us to them. The first husband went away. Unfortunately, he never returned and Shekau said; the marriage had collapsed since they chose to be infidels.

 

“We did not do it intentionally. I married three different men. There, I married another fighter in the village, and he died after a fight between the Shekau soldiers. I have two children with him before the last one.”

 

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The Theatre Commander, North-East Joint Operation, Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, while briefing journalists at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, said Maltha and Esther Marcus, both serial numbers two and 103 in the list of the missing victims, were; rescued on April 21, 2023, by troops of 114 Taskforce Battalion Bitta at Lagara, under the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama during Operations.

 

 

Ali explained that while in captivity, Maltha got married at Gulukos, a village in Sambisa Forest to one Salman, a cameraman for Abubakar Shekau.

 

 

“Salman later died in Lake Chad,” he said.

 

Children

 

He continued, “Thereafter, Hauwa Maltha got married to one Mallam Muhammad in Gobara and had; two children for him who later died due to sickness. Muhammad, her second husband, was also killed in Ukuba terrorist enclaves in Sambisa Forest during clashes between; Boko Haram/ISWAP.

 

 

“Hauwa who was; about eight months and two weeks pregnant during the time of her rescue delivered a bouncing baby boy on 28 April 2023; while undergoing a thorough medical examination along with her baby Fatima at 7 Division Medical Hospital and Services.

 

Forcefully

 

He further explained that while in captivity, 26-year-old Esther was; forcefully married to one Garba, also known as Garus, a Boko Haram fighter who was; killed during an offensive by troops.

 

 

“She was; later married off to another insurgent, Abba, in Ukuba terrorist enclaves in Sambisa forest until her rescue by troops of Operation Hadin Kai.”

 

He added, “Since their rescue, they have undergone thorough medical examination along with their babies and are; adequately resuscitated and will be; handed over to the Borno State government for further administration.

 

“These results are evident as troops have rescued about 14 Chibok girls recently.

 

Abducted

 

“The girls rescued so far include Aisha Grema, serial number 11 on the abducted Chibok girls’ list, Hannatu Musa, number 7 on the list, and Sera Luka, number 38 on the list.

 

“Others are Ruth Bitrus, number 41, Mary Dauda, number 46, Hauwa Joseph, number 18, Falmata Lawan, number 3, Asabe Ali, number 12, Jankai Yamal, number 20, Yana Pogu, number 19, Rejoice Sanki, number 70 and Hassana Adamu, number 35.”

 

Also, the District Head of Chibok, Engr. Zanna Modu Chibok, in his reaction, said that he was elated with the news of the rescue of more kidnap victims.

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