Boko Haram Frees Abducted Women, Marries Off Girls

Boko Haram insurgents, who reportedly abducted about 60 women and 40 girls from two border villages between Adamawa and Borno states, this week, have freed the women among their captives.

Villagers, who spoke on the issue with newsmen in a telephone interview from their hideouts, disclosed this.

Relatives of some of the abducted women who were later released by the insurgents also, told newsmen in Yola that some of the abducted girls have been turned to cooks while others were married off immediately to some of the insurgents.

However, the exact number of those released could not be ascertained, but according to the villagers no fewer than 45 girls were still being detained.

The villagers said the women and girls were abducted from Waga Mangoro, which lies between Gwoza in Borno and Madagali in Adamawa states.

A relative to one of the freed women, name withheld, said, “Initially, the insurgents captured 80 girls and women whom they later loaded into their vans and zoomed off into the bushes. Later in the night, the insurgents separated the elderly women from the girls and released the women, who are now languishing in the forest because they could not relocate the towns because the insurgents razed them down.

“We are confused that hours after the so-called cease-fire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram insurgents, our girls are still being abducted by the insurgents. We are at a loss about government’s insincerity on the whole issue and we urge them to rescue our daughters without further delay as we are ready to die searching for our missing ones.”

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