I was paid N200 to detonate bomb, says suicide bomber

She said she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa, and taken to Sambisa forest.

Amina the suicide bomber

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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.

“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 Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor, confirmed that the suspect was in custody of the Army, and that she would undergo investigation.

“We are going to profile her as she would give us the lead to get to other insurgents,” 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, told NAN 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,’’ Ibrahim said.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Lee Kinyajui's campaign vehicle kills two in road accident

Lee Kinyajui's campaign vehicle kills two in road accident

Wetangula to defend senate seat despite Kenya Kwanza promise

Wetangula to defend senate seat despite Kenya Kwanza promise

Matiang'i makes attack on Ruto in police reforms debate

Matiang'i makes attack on Ruto in police reforms debate

American tycoon crowned as Njuri Ncheke elder

American tycoon crowned as Njuri Ncheke elder

Main suspect in Mirema drive shooting Dennis Karani surrenders to police

Main suspect in Mirema drive shooting Dennis Karani surrenders to police

We will change Gachagua's wardrobe once elected - Ahmednasir

We will change Gachagua's wardrobe once elected - Ahmednasir

CJ Koome offers to pay school fees for top Kiambaa student, into University

CJ Koome offers to pay school fees for top Kiambaa student, into University

Uhuru challenges leaders at World Health Assembly

Uhuru challenges leaders at World Health Assembly

Citizen TV reporter goes undercover inside Nairobi's 'mchele' operation [Video]

Citizen TV reporter goes undercover inside Nairobi's 'mchele' operation [Video]