Three suspected female terrorists who have been secretly recruiting ladies into the female wing of terrorists group, Boko Haram have been arrested by the Nigerian militry, following a failed suicide bombing attempt by a female terrorist recently in Gombe.
The Army disclosed this in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Defence Information (DDDI), Col. Onyema Nwachukwu and released on Friday.
According to Nwachukwu, the suspects, Hafsat Usman Bako, Zainab Idris and Aisha Abubakar were intercepted on their way to Madagali, Adamawa state, from where they were to transit to the forest to reunite with their cohorts.
He said 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.
“Hafsat’s link with the terrorists group had earlier been a subject of investigation in 2012, when security agents on a man-hunt for one Usman Bako, her husband who was identified as a terrorist, stormed their residence in Jimeta.
“This resulted in the discovery of an AK 47 rifle and 2 loaded magazines. Though Usman Bako later died in an encounter with troops in Sokoto where he had relocated to continue his terrorist activities, Hafsat continued with the terror group specializing in surreptitious recruitment of members into their fold.
“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 trio have been operating together as members of the intelligence team of the group. Their arrest has yielded information still being verified by security agencies”.
More than 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist sect group on April 14 are still missing, as the sect continues unleashing terror on the country, carrying out several attacks.