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My wife warned me, but it was too late, says arrested Boko Haram suspect


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IBRAHIM Mala, 48, one of the Boko Haram suspects arrested and paraded by the Borno State Police command, said his wife warned him against doing business with the insurgents but it was already too late for him to withdraw.

Mala, a butcher, confessed that he aided many suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri, and also oversaw the sales of rustled animals and supply of logistics to Boko Haram fighters.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Mala as saying that he also bought consumables and delivered same to the insurgents in the bush.

“They paid me N5, 000 for safekeeping of IEDs, and they also sent me on errands to buy consumable items for them,” Mala was quoted as saying.

“I bought the items at the market and kept it at my home; some persons would come at night, pick and deliver same to members of the group hiding in the forest. Some of the items included torch lights, matches, sandals, kola nuts, cubes and clothing materials.

“I saved money in dealing with the group and bought a plot of land worth over N420, 000.

“I know that they are Boko-Haram insurgents and my wife was not happy with my dealings with them; she asked me to stop but it is too late.”

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Another suspect, 25-year-old Abubakar Kori, who worked as a watchman in a fueling station in Maiduguri, said he was in charge of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and his work was to hand it over to the person that would who carry out the bombing. He was paid N5000 for every successful attack.

“My role is to keep the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) for onward delivery to another person who will carry out the attack. On different occasions, two of my acquaintances gave me a parcel to keep for somebody, who will come and take it.

“I normally kept the parcel in my duty post; the appointed person would come and picked it; after successful delivery, they paid me N5, 000.

“We reside in the same neighbourhood in Maiduguri; they always told me that the parcel was given to them by one Ba’Adam, and asked me to keep it. They introduced me to Ba’Adam, who is the mastermind of the attacks.”

On his part, Ba’Adam, whose real name is Adam Mustapha, admitted responsibility for series of high profile bombings in the Maiduguri metropolis, adding that he has been paid N200,000 on two occasions for successful operations.

“On two occasions, I was paid N200, 000 for the successful execution of bomb attacks,” he said. “Most of the time, I had to pester them before payment could be made to me.”

Asked whether he has any regret his actions, Ba’Adam said he was never remorseful at any time.

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Twenty-two suspected Boko Haram suspects were paraded in Maiduguri on Monday, eight of whom the police said were part of the group that abducted the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.

Damian Chukwu, Borno State Commissioner of Police, said the arrest was as a result of the combined efforts of several departments of the force, particularly the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police.

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