Freed Boko Haram Bride Flees, Joins Husband In Sambisa Forest
A former Boko Haram bride who recently returned home after three years in the insurgents’ stronghold has disappeared.
Aisha, 25, fled her home in Maiduguri, Borno State and also took with her the son fathered by the top kingpin identified as Mamman Nur.
Aisha was among the 70 women and children who in February finished a nine-month deradicalisation programme, having being captured by the army in a raid on the militants’ Sambisa forest base in 2016.
The girl’s sister, Bintu Yerima, disclosed that Aisha packed her clothes and vanished after a phone call.
“Before she left … she had received a phone call from a woman who was with her (in the programme),” 22-year-old Yerima told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Maiduguri. “The woman said that she had returned to the Sambisa forest.”
Phone calls to Aisha after she disappeared went unanswered, and her mobile has since been switched off, her sister added.
Thomson Reuters Foundation recalled that Aisha, earlier this year, told its officials that women kidnapped by Boko Haram were given to her as “slaves” because she was married to a leading militant.