Abuja - The military has arrested three suspected female terrorists who had allegedly been secretly recruiting women into the female wing of the Boko Haram sect.
According to a statement issued by Defense Headquarters in Abuja, the suspects, Hafsat Usman Bako, Zainab Idris and Aisha Abubakar, were intercepted while travelling to Madagali from where they were to transit to the forest to reunite with their cohorts.
“Investigations revealed that the suspects led by Hafsat Bako, have the mission to recruit members into the female wing as well as conduct espionage for the group," read the statement.
Bako's link with the terrorist group had earlier been a subject of investigation in 2012 when security agents, on a manhunt for one Usman Bako, her husband who was identified as terrorist, stormed their residence in Jimeta.
This resulted in the discovery of an AK 47 rifle and 2 loaded magazines. Although Usman later died in an encounter with troops in Sokoto, where he had relocated to continue his terrorist activities, Hafsat continued with the terror groups specializing in surreptitious recruitment of members into their fold, stated the military, the statement added.
According to the Defense Headquarter, the arrested trio suspects were luring ladies especially widows and young girls by enticing them with male suitors who are mainly members of their terror group for marriage.
“Before their arrest, they were on a mission to take additional briefing from the leadership of the terror group” the statement said.
The statement added that the trio had been operating together as members of the intelligence team of the group.
Troops said their arrest has yielded information still being verified by security agencies.
- CAJ News
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