Captured women break down in tears in new Boko Haram video
The Boko Haram insurgent group has released a new video where it displayed the women believed to have been kidnapped from a police convoy in Borno State on June 21. The authenticity of the video is yet to be established but it showed some women in a bush being herded by a man suspected to be Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram sect.
Boko Haram had attacked a convoy conveying a corpse of a deceased policewoman to Adamawa state and made away with some women with a number of police officers reported missing after the attack.
In the video, Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect, said the abducted officers had become slaves.
As seen in the video, one Adam Gomdia, who introduced herself as a lecturer at the federal college of fisheries, Baga, said five of the women were public servants whom she described as breadwinners in their families.
“Today, here we are, everyone has seen us, our relatives have seen us, government, our youngsters have all seen us, this is not a lie, we have been abducted for 30 days,” said Gomdia
Deborah Philipus, another woman who spoke in the video, said the insurgents have taken care of them by treating their injuries and providing other necessities for them.
“We are grateful to you (Boko Haram). But the government of Nigeria should not say we were not abducted, indeed we were abducted,” Philipus said.
The women who took turns to speak also broke down in tears in the course of their interactions with the leader of the sect who dialogued with the women one after another.