Hundreds of wives and mothers yesterday converged in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, to protest the alleged arrest of their husbands and sons between 2011 and 2014 for allegedly being Boko Haram members.
The aggrieved women are appealing to government to investigate what happened to their arrested and detained husbands and sons.
The Executive Director of a Maiduguri-based NGOs, Allamin Foundation and Jire Dole, under the auspices of which the aggrieved women converged, Hamsatu Allamin, said those arrested never had access to the outside world, “they were never tried. And they never came back” since their arrest.
“Government should give us comprehensive information on those detained and their numbers because some of them have been detained for up to nine years,” Hamsatu Allamin alleged.
“Our children were picked by the soldiers,” Hajjagana Sulaiman, the mother of Mustspha Abdulkarim, who was arrested by the military at Bolori Ward in 2011, and she has not seen him since then, alleged, saying, “we don’t know where they are and I have not seen him since he was arrested in 2011.”
She said: “More than 3, 000 mothers and 4, 000 wives have had their sons and husbands arrested and detained; we are still recording, and we have recorded half.”
The mothers of arrested and detained sons expressed fear over the situation of their sons, recalling that several human rights organizations locally and internationally had reported on the mass deaths of detainees in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri.
The wives and mothers alleged further that between 2012 and 2013 hundreds of detainees died every month by gunshot wounds, starvation, torture, over crowding in cells and outbreak of diseases.