Escapee Chibok Girls: We were forced into marriage with terrorist’s because we refused to accept Islam; Say many girls died in captivity.

The two rescued Chibok girls who were rescued last week after they escaped from Boko Haram enclave disclosed on Tuesday 21st June, 2022, after they were presented to the media, ahead of their reunion with their family, that they were forced into marriage because they refused to accept Islam.
One of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls who was rescued by troop’s, Mary Dauda, narrated her eight years ordeal while in captivity.

Recall that troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on patrol around Ngoshe in Borno State on 14 June 2022 intercepted one Mrs Mary Ngoshe and her son.

Mary is among many other girls believed to have been abducted from GGSS Chibok in 2014.

The young woman, now 26 years old, was found with a boy child she had for her Boko Haram ‘husband’.

Sane week, another Chibok Schoolgirl, Hauwa Joseph, regained her freedom.


Briefing journalists, the Theater Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Chris Musa, and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Major General Waidi Shaibu,  credited the freedom of the two ladies, both nursing mothers, to the ongoing military offensive against terrorists, especially in their Sambisa Forest enclaves.

According to Major General Waidi Shaibu, while Hauwa Joseph was rescued around the Bama general area, Mary Dauda was rescued around Ngoshe general area.

Narrating her experience, Mary said she was forced into marriage about seven years ago.

“After our abduction from school some eight years ago, we were forced to serve as slaves to Boko Haram because we refused to accept Islam and marry one of the Boko Haram members,” she said.

She said they had to accept Islam later before their servitude ended.

Hauwa, whose adopted Muslim name was Zainab, said the father of her son, Usman, was a Boko Haram commander from Gombe State.

“I was forced to marry him seven years ago, and I’ve been with him until he was killed during a military raid last year,” she said.

The girls had referred to the men they were forced to marry as “my husbands” before quickly rephrasing their status as “father to this child”.

They said they lived in thatched rooms in separate villages within the Sambisa Forest.


Mary was in the Ukuba fortress, where the late Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, lived before he was killed in May 2021.

“I knew and saw Shekau several times because he lived with us in Ukuba village inside Sambisa forest, but he is now dead,” she said.

Hauwa, who lived in the Gazuwa enclave, said she only saw Shekau through her partner’s laptop.

She explained that when Shekau issued recorded messages to his followers, the sub-commanders usually viewed them on their computers.

Both girls said they took advantage of the depletion of Boko Haram’s rank of fighters around the Sambisa forest area and Mandara mountains to stage their escape.

Since their abduction in April 2014, over 160 of the Chibok schoolgirls have regained their freedom while more than 100 are either still with the Boko Haram or are reported to have died in captivity.

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