Fatima Kabir, a 15-year-old ex-wife of the factional leader of Boko
Haram, Maman Nur, said she was infected with HIV/AIDS after she was
forced to have marathon sex with many sect members at the group’s Sigil
Huda camp, Sambisa Forest.
Kabir and her 14-year-old accomplice, Amina Shua’ibu were arrested by
officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Borno
State command on Friday night. At the time of her arrest, she was also
discovered to be two months pregnant for a sect member.
Kabir told The Nation in an interview in Maiduguri, Borno capital,
that she was an ex-wife wife to Nur and that she was introduced to the
group by her brother, Ibrahim Fadagana, in 2013.
“My brother took us from Maiduguri to Sambisa forest where he
introduced us to Abubakar Shekau. Things did not go well at the camp as
most of the people did not like Shekau’s brutal treatment of abductees
and sect members in the camp. There was a lot of death in the camp.
Children died of dehydration and malnutrition.
“So, there was a lot of disagreement between Shekau and Mamman Nur
and Nur refused to accept Shekau’s policies. So they broke up. My
brother (Fadagana) was a close friend to Mamman Nur, so he stood as my
father and got me married to him (Mamman Nur). I was married to him in
2013. I was 12 years old at the period,” she said.
Kabir lamented her experience as Mamman Nur’s wife: “On the wedding
night, Mamman Nur forced himself into me and destroyed my vagina. He
infected me with Vesico V*ginal Fistulae (VVF). I was sick for a while,
but I became better.
“In that same year, 2013, he left me to participate in an arms and
military training program in Libya. I couldn’t wait for him, so I
immediately got married to Habib, a member from Bauchi State.
“Habib later ran away because he was marked for execution. He was
suspected to be an informant for the Nigerian government. So he deserted
me and absconded from the camp.
“I later got married again to one Ali Bama. He was not a Commanding
Officer. He was just an ordinary member like the others. Until her
arrest in Maiduguri, Bama took good care of her. “He has protected me
and provided food for me at our Sagil Huda camp in Sambisa Forest. I am
presently carrying his two months pregnancy,” she revealed.
Life in Sagil Huda was very difficult “especially for us (women),”
stressed Kabir. “The men always sleep in the afternoon and do marathon
sex with all the girls for the whole night. Only those that are married
“At a point I became sick, so a French doctor came to check on me. He
gave me some drugs and said I must be taking it from time to time.
“I learnt that I was infected with HIV/AIDS. I don’t know if I got it
from the marathon s*x or from the three husbands I married.
My Kabir said she fled Sagil Huda in the wake of the Nigerian Military
Joint Task Force (JTF)’s military assault on their base in Sambisa
“We ran away from Sagil Huda because the army came and stormed our
camp and killed many of our members. Right now, my mission is to go and
meet my brother Fadagana, he is at Kangarwa with Mamman Nur. I have
Mamman Nur’s phone number, I have been communicating with him. My plan
is to go and meet him,” she said.
Kabir and Shu’aibu were arrested at the motor park in Maiduguri after
Shu’aibu’s husband abandoned them there on the pretext of getting an
accommodation for them in the state capital.
Ibrahim Abdullahi, the NSCDC Commandant, Borno State Command, stated
that Kabir’s case is a clear indication that HIV/AIDS has hit Boko
Haram’s camp. He bemoaned Kabir’s predicament, stressing that she was
very hostile at her arrest. She reportedly called NSCDC operatives at
the state command “infidels waiting to die and go to hell.”
“She will be handed over to the military for proper investigation,” he said.