J.M.L., known as ‘El Rubio’, head of the mercenary group known as Wearenotacompany.com, tells for the first time how he saved two groups of girls kidnapped by the Nigerian fundamentalist group Boko Haram.
The famous kidnapping of the 219 Nigerian girls committed by Boko Haram is unfortunately not the only one. Day after day – the country that is Africa’s largest oil producer, inhabited by 160 million people – lives under the threat and terror of an army of only 15,000 men that has already caused about 20,000 deaths in the last Six years and the kidnapping of at least 2,000 girls of whom nothing is known. A reality that knows J.M.L., to whom the intelligence services around the world know him as ‘El Rubio’.
On February 20, 2014, when he was carrying out a protection mission for UC Global Security Consulting (UCG), an international private security company based in Jerez (Cádiz) for which he works occasionally, he lived an adventure that he will never forget. “That day I was with my six companions of French, English, Spanish, Argentine and German nationality. We were carrying out a commission for the government of Cameroon, which had given us the protection and transfer to the Faro and Kojoli Reserves (a few kilometers from the border with Nigeria) of a thermoelectric plant to equip the technology area, “he explains. ‘El Rubio’.
J.M.L., ‘El Rubio’, is a mercenary who has extensive military training. Former member of the French Legion, he was born in Argentina but spends seasons of the year in a city near Madrid. He is 47 years old and because of his physical appearance he could be mistaken for a bank clerk. Its strength is in the knowledge of military tactics and in the precise use of all weapons when necessary. For the first time he tells what he lived.
The group of 7 ‘black shirts’, led by J.M.L. (So called because of the uniform they wear), was accompanied by another Nigerian checkpoint that gives them support and those who are paid 2,000 euros per mission. It had to guard along the route eleven containers in which were dismantled the different parts of said plant.
The convoy had to reach its destination completely without falling into the hands of terrorists or thieves. “For that trip we deployed two professional shooters prepared for any contingency with two M50 calibres, one in the first truck of the convoy and one in the last, while the rest we were distributed in a Toyota vehicle with air conditioning with which to advance two or three Kilometers ahead to verify that nobody would come to attack us, “says ‘El Rubio’. “Meanwhile, two other members were in the middle of the central entourage moving from truck to truck to see the sides and make sure everything was in order,” he says.
A mission that was broken at five in the afternoon. They had been previously alerted by the villagers that the terrorist group Boko Haram was operating there. They were not surprised by the attack. “A group of 20 blacks in flip-flops and armed came out of the jungle to the road to rob us and steal the material,” recalls J.M.L. “They did not count on our preparation. Once we defended all of them and we verified that they were indeed part of the terrorist group we decided to go into the leafy area because we had no doubt that there would be more. ” So it was. They encountered 25 other men “who we told them to walk on, not without first asking one of them about where the camp was”, reports ‘El Rubio’.
VIOLATION, DRUGS AND MUCH SADNESS
When they knew the location they walked with the greatest of caution and prepared to watch the area. “In the distance we have about 50 men and a group of 10 to 15 girls,” he recalls. “Around them were another group of 13 girls’ corpses that had their breasts cut open, their stomachs broken and their parts destroyed by raping them and marting them with broken glass bottles,” he recalls.
They decided to watch them for four hours until nightfall. At that time they proved how they treated the girls. “They were in the middle of the camp, and on the sides were tents. They had them tied in full sun and according to the guerrillas wanted to quench their sexual desire, put up drugs, were taking them out of there and taking the stores and then leave them with the rest of the group in the worst conditions, “he says. At about 22 hours the operation began. “After checking that they had not heard the previous shooting with the other groups, we started the operation”, narrates J.M.L.
Their enemies were blinded by cocaine, and they had the worst and cheapest of alcohols and it was very easy. “His condition was so unfortunate that it helped us do our job quickly.” The team of Westerners had no casualties. “We brought the 25 girls between 14 and 17 years old. We had to leave the bodies of the other 13 girls since there was nothing we could do for them, “he says. He estimates that about 70 guerrillas from the Boko Haram, some very young, almost children, but armed and always ready to kill, were killed.
The girls accompanied them with fear in the body believing that this group of Westerners were their final buyers. “We told them no. That we had gone to release them. ” Once outside the camp they were asked where they were to take them with their families. “We were told they were from Yola and Mubi (in Nigeria) but please do not transfer them to their villages. Our intention was to leave them there but the girls told us not to do that. That their families would repudiate them for being abducted. ” ‘El Rubio’ and his men doubted whether what they said was true.
They decided to move them to the border between Cameroon and Nigeria (right in the Chibok area) and deliver them to the first group of Nigerian military they met. The ‘black shirts’, seeing how they treated these girls, realized they were not lying. One of the Nigerian military told them that it would have been better to take them to Uganda or Rwanda because the sexual trafficking of Europeans and Americans in search of African quinceañeras would have given them a better future.
The team decided to head to Cotonou (Benin) to alert American personnel of what happened. “Bad luck wanted no one from the CIA stationed there. We could not tell anyone ‘friend’ what had happened to us, “says J.M.L. Faced with the development of the events the team received the order of the government of Cameroon to leave the mission for which they had been hired. “We did it because of the pressures. We concluded the assignment and left the country, “said D.M, general manager of security company UC Global, the company that had hired Wearenotacompany mercenaries to carry out this work in black Africa. They did not know anything about these girls again. But they promised that if life put them back in an equal situation, they would not act in the same way.
A Second Mission
A year later, on February 15, 2015, they kept their word without looking for it. On this occasion ‘El Rubio’ was in charge of the custody of a group of 18 Europeans (Spaniards, French, Londoners, Germans …) who had moved to the same place in Cameroon to buy gold, diamonds and precious stones in order to Markets in Europe. Suddenly they were assaulted.
The entourage, this time composed of 11 ‘black shirts’ plus the support group, again repelled the attack. “We saw that the behavior of the guerrillas was very similar to that of the attackers a year ago.” We resisted the offense leaving 32 casualties among the attackers and none of ours. ” The security team, along with the 18 businessmen, went into the forest to find the camp. Well-guarded they saw 28 terrorists guarding a group of 32 live girls, two badly wounded and next to them three corpses. “They had them together under the sun and without any protection. Some were dressed like Westerners, with trousers and T-shirts. Around them were sticks that they removed as they were used. If there was luck and after a brutal rape the girl was still alive, they took her there again. If not, they left it lying next to it “, says ‘El Rubio’.
The rescue operation did not leave any terrorists alive. In total, 50 dead. “We did not want prisoners,” he argues. The group of girls was immediately attended by the paramedic who accompanies the mercenaries in each job, both them and the 18 Europeans who, even though they were astonished by what they were living, did not hesitate to tear off the sleeves of their shirts to offer them as bandages and Turnstiles and thus stop the blood that flowed from its most intimate parts. “They were shattered by so much brutality,” he says.
After the operation, ‘El Rubio’, head of the group, contacted the government of Cameroon to tell him what had happened to them for the second time and the response was unexpected. “He canceled our contract again and invited us to leave as soon as possible with the girls because they did not want conflicts.” The worst of it was that Nigeria and its then-president Jonathan Goodluck, whom they warned, “did not want to welcome these girls and gave us four days to cross Nigeria with the girls.”
A TRIP OF RED BULL AND SILENCE
In response, the group began a new trip that would last 30 days and would travel through Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso and Mali until arriving in Mauritania where a contact was going to help them out of the continent. With the seven Toyota pickup with double cabin they had, in which were distributed in the inner part the businessmen and in the back the wounded girls, they threw as much of the international contacts of them as of the entrepreneurs to leave of there Alive and save the “uncomfortable” girls.
These relationships (and the money that the entrepreneurs were making) opened the way and helped them to pay for the fuel, food and shelter during that journey. But what was their status during the trip? Their rapists had given them so much drugs that they barely stood or awoke.
“While we were asking favors to our contacts and crossing borders, as we did not have drugs we managed to level with the 50 cans of Red Bull that we were to be well up all day, plus another 150 that we bought along the way. They were taken as if it were water, “recalls the mercenary ‘Madrilenian. “We could almost have gone through traffickers of this drink,” he recalled wryly.
The group of vehicles could reach the final destination in Nouachot (Mauritania), where they had a contact at the UN that even playing their work would help them make the leap to Europe on humanitarian grounds. “For every place that we were going through and with the credit cards of the businessmen some contact provided us with gasoline for the vehicles or the papers with which to go passed from one country to another.”
When the group arrived in Mauritania, El Rubio called several doors to take care of the girls and give them a safe roof. “The German Embassy did not consider welcoming the girls and the Spanish ambassador did not even want to receive us.” So one of the entrepreneurs called a philanthropic friend whose wife has a Foundation in a Nordic country in Europe to lend a hand. “He told him about the girls and their bad condition and he replied that he could take care of the trip and his care”.
Now all that was left was to leave Mauritania. “E.M., our contact at the UN fulfilled his word and provided the airport to take off and leave behind a bitter and sad continent for these poor women. Another businessman paid for the fuel and the plane I took from the African girls. Let’s separate games. We left the group of girls boarding a plane in the hands of the businessmen to get them safe. ”
The group of 11 ‘black shirts’ traveled to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, from there to Madrid and from there to their respective countries. Now these girls are safe from their savage captors.
They have the hard work of forgetting, if they can ever forget their past.
Meanwhile, in some part of the so-called Black Africa, there are still dozens of girls who are likely to be raped, drugged, abused in ways unimaginable by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.
JML, the anonymous mercenary, asks: “If a small group of well-armed private security guards has been able to release a few girls twice, how is it that the Nigerian Government can not do so when it receives from countries such as the United States 24 Vehicles mines worth $ 11,000,000 to eliminate them or when Barack Obama signed the Presidential Executive Order 13,224 ordering the elimination of the terrorist group and requested the arrest of Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, offering up to 7,000,000 dollars Of reward for the same?
‘El Rubio’ does not stop spinning in his head to search for answers and is only clear one thing: if for him, tomorrow he would get on a plane with his team of ‘black shirts’ and would go to Nigeria to Look for more girls and rescue them.
But unfortunately it is easier to find European and American people with a lot of money interested in supporting jihadists buying stolen works of art, nobody is interested in supporting us in rescuing these forgotten girls