- Mohammed said his friend forced him into Boko Haram after the sect attacked his village
- He grew to become a bodyguard to one of the commanders
- He later succeeded in escaping from the camp with the wife of the commander
Simply called Mohammed, a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group who had the opportunity to escape with one of the commander’s wife, has revealed how he had to set up a phone shop inside the Boko Haram camp inside the Sambisa Forest.
He said he took the decision to start the business after security operatives bombed the safe where the terrorist group kept its money from which its leaders paid the foot soldiers.
“Everybody had a phone. If we go to war, they collected people's phones, they gave them to me and I would sell them,” he told the BBC.
Mohammed joined the Boko Haram three years ago after he was forced into the group by his friend when the sect members invaded his village, Banki.
He later grew to become the body guard of one of the commanders and was assigned to protect one of the wives of his boss.
The commander was said to have suspected his wife was looking for a means to escape.
“Our camp was located deep inside the bush where there are big, big trees and we used aluminium roofing sheets to build big houses from mud where we all stayed.
“There were about 500 in each camp. Each camp was named for a town. I counted at least 12 camps.
“When we captured a town, the emir that led the conquest would be the leader of that town. People were in their houses and we would go house-to-house collecting the women.
“Some of the men ran, but if they were members of the vigilante we would kill them.
“When we went out to attack, we shot indiscriminately, I have no way of knowing how many people I killed,” he said as reported by BBC.
On how he escaped with the commander’s wife, he said the woman lured him into leaving the camp after he was made her guard.
Mohammed said while the plotted their escape, the commander caught them one night and thought they were having an affair. He tied them up.
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The woman was however able to loosen the rope with which she was tied. She then rescued her guard.
“I knew the area very well so we just followed the bush,” Mohamed explained adding that they reached a military roadblock and raised their hands in the air to surrender.
Since then, they have been treated well by the military.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Aisha Bukar, a 25-year-old housewife and mother of five, recently narrated her ordeal in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, saying she, her husband, mother-in-law and children, fed on 'weeds' to survive.
Mrs Bukar, one of the captives of the insurgents, escaped from their enclave after the military bombed Boko Haram’s hideout in Sambisa Forest recently.
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