Boko Haram gave me N200 to detonate explosive – Teenage suicide bomber

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An 18-year-old Boko Haram suicide bomber, Amina, who was intercepted by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said she was given N200 for the mission.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa, and taken to 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 any where 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.

“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,” Amina said.

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.Abubakar Shekau in new video

“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’’.

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Lucky Irabor, confirmed that the suspect was in custody of the Army, and that she would undergo investigation.

Major General Lucky Irabor, commander of Operation Lafiya Dole [Photo Credit: Punch]
Major General Lucky Irabor, commander of Operation Lafiya Dole [Photo Credit: Punch]
“We are going to profile her as she would give us the lead to get to other insurgents,” Mr. Irabor said.

NAN reports that 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 that the incident occurred at about 6.45 a.m.

“Our 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 6.45 a.m.

“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,” Mr. Ibrahim said.



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  • Dazmillion

    The army shouldn’t start torturing this women because they too are victims

    • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

      This is something that has always been on my mind….these so called suicide bombers are victims too, they need help.

    • Agbim

      Really??????????????????? How dumb you are! You are the victim here and not the girl. I advice you to read the story again with your eyes wide open, and maybe you will see the loopholes in the cock and bull story by the girl, Army and even PT. Can you tell me the name of the Father of the girl? Don’t dead people have names, address and so on?

  • Rommel

    Seems this name Amir is a generic name that Boko people give to these girls as their names just like many Nigerian guys use the name prince in and around west and south Africa.

    • Otile

      During the campaigns your Imam swore to ban medical tourism if elected, little did you know that he is a useless hypocrite. Shame.

  • Adele Uhuru

    laughable messed up nation ruled by crazed slow-minded administration – its a pity this is what this nation has regressed to

  • Angry Nigerian

    Can you see the mumudity of Premium Times and the reporter and even the Editor who allowed this report to pass? How come nobody ever asked about the name of the Father of the girl?

    How can you give the name of the girl as simply ‘Amina’ …and that’s all. Nothing more! She says her father, mother, brothers, sisters and uncle were all killed by Boko Haram. Let is ASSUME she is saying the truth, bit that does not preclude the release of the name of her father. At least the family name and other details should be made public.

    …BUT what we get is fuzzy information that describes a potential suicide bomber as simply ‘Amina’ with no surname attached, and no identifiable relative because she has said they are all dead…and Nigerian Government, police, SSS, DSS and even Premium Times believe that story…and the 200 millions brain dead Nigerians are also to believe this dumb story.

    Truth is, the parents of the girl are alive and well. This story can only fly in a country like Nigeria.

    • Okey Agugua

      Discuss shoould allow us to up vote as many times as possible. I could have done it a million times. Hausa Fulani deceipts will surely come to an end sooner than later.

    • Time stoey.

      The mumudity is saw was them telling the General public were shekau is, as she said he is in gobarawa , it should be a classified information so that they’ll go and capture him, now the mumudity be say they serve him notice to run on premium times. Next thing they’ll claim best newspaper of the country, while their baskets mouths are aiding the terrorist to run. Even the mumudity commandant said she is going to tell them were the other terrorist are, and you think they’ll stop and wait for you to catch them? Mumudity of the year.

    • Otile

      You know very well that the story did not happen, it is meant to deflect attention from Imam Buhari’s whereabouts. You know they said he is hale and hearty, enjoying his vacation in England, not in any hospital, but nobody has seen him walking since Jan 19, 2017.

    • GusO

      The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) wrote the report, not PT. They may have a policy of not mentioning their surname given that they may be minors. But she is 18 years old and she is no longer a minor. Whether the reporter realized that or not, I cannot tell.

  • Powerlessconscious

    #200. That is what extreme poverty in the north has caused.

  • MisbahuKatsina

    What Nigeria needs now is Real Good Intelligence Gathering to get to the root of the bomb-making sites and villages of BH. THAT’S ALL WE NEED!
    The rest of the BH matter would be taken care of by a combination of military might and economic/social improvement of Borno and the rest of Nigeria.