Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly murdered their wives as the ongoing fierce battle with the troops heightens in Gwoza, Borno state.
Their action according to multiple witness was in order to prevent them from getting married to the soldiers who they refer to as “unbelievers”.
Five witnesses who recounted the massacres to AFP said the Islamist militants feared they would be killed by advancing soldiers or separated from their wives when they fled Bama for Gwoza.
In recent times, there has been an outstanding victory of the Nigerian military along with forces from neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger over the insurgents which has given them reasons to fear for their lives.
Witnesses who were taken under military protection this week to Maiduguri, said the killing of women began 10 days before Bama was liberated from the insurgents.
The Islamists said, “if they kill their wives, they would remain pious until both of them meet again in heaven, where they would re-unite”, another witness, Salma Mahmud said
Nigeria’s national security spokesman, Mike Omeri, assured that he would make possible efforts to verify the reports while the military could not immediately be reached for comment.
Despite the threats by the insurgents, the military has assured Nigerians that adequate measures have been employed to ensure hitch-free elections on Saturday, March 28, 2015.