A Nigerian woman recently described how she was kidnapped and drugged by suspected Boko Haram members who had planned to use her as a suicide bomber at a Kano market.
Thirty-year old Khadija Ibrahim told reporters that she had been waiting for the bus to a hospital in Maiduguri when she was seized by two men in a car who had offered her a lift. She was drugged and stripped and a suicide belt attached.
After getting into the car, she fell unconscious when something was placed over her nose. But she woke up, apparently without her captors noticing and overheard them whispering to her that she was “going to do God’s work”.
She was then told that she was being taken to the city of Kano to attack the Kantin Kwari textile market. But when the car engine overheated, both kidnappers were distracted. One went to examine the engine of the car, while the other went to look for water.
Ms Ibrahim then managed to flee where she was helped by a man in the Hotoro neighbourhood of Kano who took her to the police.
Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje, speaking on the incident, told newsmen that “If this woman had not regained consciousness the story would have been different by now.”
Kano police spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya confirmed that the woman was in “safe custody….undergoing post-traumatic rehabilitation.”
Police are still trying to track down the vehicle in an attempt to find a second kidnapped girl, thought to be about 15 years old, he added. Ms Ibrahim suggested that she may have also been drugged.
In related news, the Nigerian Army issued a statement confirming the killing of Boko Haram’s chief bomb maker in the early hours of yesterday.