A student of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok abducted by Boko Haram, Hauwa Maltha, has revealed how she was forcefully married to a terrorists leader Abubakar Shekau’s camera man and two other insurgents while in captivity.
Maltha revealed that they had gone to fetch water when the soldiers attached to 114 Taskforce Battalion Bitta at Lagara, under the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama during Operations sighted and rescued them.
She revealed that they were forced by their captors to marry three terrorists within nine years after their abduction by Boko Haram in 2014.
“It was Shekau who married us to them. The first husband went away. Unfortunately, he never returned and Shekau said the marriage had collapsed since they chose to be infidels.
“We did not do it intentionally. I married three different men. There, I married another fighter at the village, and he died after a fight between the Shekau soldiers. I have two children with him before the last one.”
The Theatre Commander, North-East Joint Operation, Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, told journalists at the Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, that Hauwa Maltha and Esther Marcus, both serial numbers two and 103 in the list of the missing victims, were rescued on April 21, 2023, by troops of 114 Taskforce Battalion Bitta at Lagara, under the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama during Operations.
He said 26-year-old Hauwa Maltha, Kibaku by tribe from Jila in Chibok Local Government of Borno State, and her 3-year-old baby were rescued.
He said while in captivity, Hauwa got married at Gulukos, a village in Sambisa forest, to one Salman, a cameraman to Abubakar Shekau.
“Salman later died in Lake Chad. Thereafter, Hauwa Maltha got married to one Malam Muhammad in Gobara and had two children for him who later died due to sickness. Muhammad, her second husband, was also killed in Ukuba terrorist enclaves in Sambisa forest during clashes between Boko Haram/ISWAP,” he said.
“Hauwa who was about eight months and two weeks pregnant during the time of her rescue delivered a bouncing baby boy on April 28 2023 while undergoing thorough medical examination along with her baby Fatima at 7 Div Medical Hospital and Services, “he said.
According to Gen. Ali, 26-year-old Esther was forcefully married to one Garba, also known as Garus, a Boko Haram fighter who was killed during the troop’s onslaught against the terrorists’ enclaves.
“She was later married off to another insurgents, Abba, in Ukuba terrorist enclaves in Sambisa forest until her rescue by troops of Operation Hadin Kai.
“Since their rescue, they have undergone thorough medical examination along with their babies and are adequately resuscitated and will be handed over to the Borno State government for further administration.
“These results are evident as troops have rescued about 14 Chibok girls recently.
“The girls rescued so far include; Aisha Grema, serial number 11 on the abducted Chibok girls list, Hannatu Musa, number 7 on the list, and Sera Luka, number 38 on the list.
“Others are; Ruth Bitrus, number 41, Mary Dauda, number 46, Hauwa Joseph, number 18, Falmata Lawan, number 3, Asabe Ali, number 12, Jankai Yamal, number 20, Yana Pogu, number 19, Rejoice Sanki, number 70 and Hassana Adamu, number 35,” he said.