A 15-year-old girl who was abducted and kept in captivity by the Boko Haram insurgents for over eight months, has narrated how she was raped almost every day by sect members, some of whom were always on drugs.
The teenager, Ladi Musa, who was rescued by gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army, recounted how the rebels stormed her school in Yobe State, kidnapped her and some of her mates and took them to the Sambisa Forest and other camps where they were handed over to commanders as treasure wives. .
Ladi who spoke about her ordeals in the hands of the insurgents, said she was tortured and beaten anytime she complained of tiredness or tried to put up any struggle against her assailants.
“I was kidnapped in my school in Yobe State by Boko Haram alongside 22 of my schoolmates,” Ladi began while being interviewed by soldiers during her debriefing. .
“It was in the night when they came and we were preparing for our examination, so we had to go to the class to read. Suddenly, we heard shootings and screams of ‘Allah U Akbar’ all over the place.
We knew we were in trouble and so we started running in different directions trying to run for safety. I was unlucky to be captured alongside others. They blindfolded us and put us in the truck they came with and drove us into the bushes.
They warned us not to make any noise as they drove through the town, saying they would kill all of us is we dared to make any noise.
We were so scared to even make any noise but kept praying for God to save us. The journey took a very long time until we got into a very huge forest which I later got to know is the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
By the time they took off the blindfold from our eyes, it was daytime. A man who seemed to be the leader of the group announced that we were now their property and that we would never see our parents and families again.
They would call out a man and hand over one of us to him, saying we were now married to the men and if they found out that any of us was a Christian, they would rejoice by shooting into the air.
I was handed over to a man called Ahmad and he took me to his… hut in another part of the camp. I was still a virgin then as I did not know any man before then but that afternoon, the man came to me and said must sleep with me.
I pleaded with him to spare me but he turned violent and beat me mercilessly and when I was very weak, he raped me repeatedly.
I cried all through and begged him to stop but he kept slapping me and laughing as I cried all through the ordeal.