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    17-year-old marries Boko Haram member against father’s wish

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    Zainab Abu, a 17-year-old girl from Niger State’s Kurebe town, has voluntarily married a Boko Haram member.

    The incident occurred in October, after terrorists swarmed the area, set up shop, and began indoctrinating young inhabitants in bizarre Islamic beliefs.

    Kurebe became exposed to rebels, according to a resident who talked to the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), due to the removal of military forces three months prior and the porous nature of the Kaduna-Niger borders.

    The jihadists gathered Kurebe villagers a few months ago and informed them all young girls had to get married or they would be forced to marry militants, according to FIJ.

    Following the instruction, village leaders in Kurebe urged that all of their females find refuge in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps to avoid being married off to militants. Zainab, on the other hand, declined to travel because she desired to marry a terrorist.

    Zainab, then 17, married a feared Boko Haram member in the community. For the elders of the village, her unexpected wish to marry a Boko Haram terrorist created an uncomfortable mood. But she’d already made up her mind.

    “They have been preaching against us since last month,” said an elder in Kurebe. “They denounce us before our children, instilling in them weird Islamic ideologies.”

    “Why the military formation was withdrawn remains unknown to us. We were only told they would be replaced at the time they were being evacuated,” another resident said.

    “The father pleaded with her, but she would not listen. Just last month, her terrorist suitor came with his cohorts, seeking her hand in marriage. She accepted with her mother’s support,” a witness of the wedding told this newspaper.

    Community leaders are worried that after Zainab relocated to the terrorists’ den, from where she often comes to visit her mother, other girls might be indoctrinated.

    “We are scared she might lure other girls into an unholy marriage with other members of the group,” one of the community leaders said.

    As it stands, residents of Kurebe do not know the terrorists’ next plan.

    “Who knows what they will be up to the next time they come?” A resident asked. “Anything can happen since there are no military checkpoints in this axis.”

    The Niger State Government is aware of the presence of Boko Haram in the state, but it is helpless.

    Suleiman Chukuba, Chairman of Shiroro Local Government, confirmed the influx of Boko Haram elements, saying four wards had been affected.

    He said the residents knew from their mode of preaching that they were Boko Haram elements.

    “They told villagers that they had money to help them and that they had guns to give them to fight the government. And that is the same doctrine we know Boko Haram elements promote,” he said.

     

    Read Also: The United States Reportedly Set To Help Nigeria Identify Boko Haram Sponsors

     

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    • #28809
      Bernard
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      the kind of things our eyes see these days dey even fear person to even speak out sef

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    • #28820
      Chichi
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      so when they give birth now, its more Boko Haram offspring’s that we should be expecting

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    • #28823
      John Adeleke
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      how would they allow this unholy matrimony to go on, what a shambolic affair!!

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    • #28826
      Gentle
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      just 17, before she’s 28 she’s already a grandma, and some people were watching and allowed this to happen, its more like modern slavery

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