Last week, a 13-year-old suicide bomber, Zarau, was apprehended in Kano. She says she did it under duress, after her parents dropped her at the Boko Haram camp.
According to Tribune, she was arrested in a hopsital where she was being treated after a commercial tricycle (popularly called Keke) operator alerted security men that a female suicide bomber dropped an unknown exhibit in his tricycle. The security agents who immediately swooped into action, subsequently apprehended her.
Read her account of how she joind Boko Haram below…
‘‘my parents took me to the Boko Haram training camp in Bauchi, where one of the trainers asked me if I wanted to go to paradise, in my reply to him, I gladly told him that I will like to enter paradise.
He told me I have an assignment to carry out in Kano, then, after the necessary training, he told me that I and two other female bombers will travel to Kano to execute the assignment, so after the execution of the assignment, she will now be entitled to make paradise.
‘‘But I was told that I would have to die before entering into paradise. The man further stated that I will have to carry bomb and die, but I said I cannot do it, he then declared that it is either I accept to do the work or they dug the ground and bury me alive.it was at this point my father stepped forward to persuade me to play along, and told me to prepare to die as martyr and clear the way for him to join me soon” Afraid to be buried alive, because I saw many that were being buried alive, I resolved to abide by the order out of duress.
“When we got to Kano, they took us straight to Kantin Kwari Market. When it was time for the execution, we were told to to divide ourselves and take position. The other two female suicide bombers detonated their concealed bombs in their bodies, as we were all wearing hijab, while on my part, I vehemently refused to ignite mine, as a result of my closeness to the two female bombers, I was injured on my left leg by the explosion.
“Due to the injury I sustained, I shouted for help, the commercial tricycle operator, who sympathised with me, took me to Dawanau, where we resided with my parents before. However, before I dropped from the tricycle, I successfully removed the concealed bomb in my body and left it on the seat of the tricycle.
“When the tricycle operator saw the exhibit on the seat, he immediately dashed into the house where I was taking treatment and asked me whether I am the owner of the exhibit and I replied him, yes, it is mine. At that time, I was about to be taken to the hospital, so before the tricycle operator alerted the security agents, I was already in the hospital, where I was being treated for the injury I sustained from the explosion. That was how I was arrested by security agents at the hospital.
According to her, “my parents commissioned me into Boko Haram activities, because I did not know where they were taking me to. They handed me over to one of my trainers.