Troops Arrest Wanted Child Boko Haram Suspect

Army spokesperson, Sani Usman

Usman Modu Tella, according to a statement by army spokesperson, Sani Usman, is number 82 on the poster of 100 wanted members of the group and was arrested at a displaced persons’ camp at Dalori in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was from Bama town and is among 4 other children trained for suicide bombing by the Boko Haram terrorists. He further added that the 3 others have already carried out their missions at different locations. His job was to do same in the camp sometime in the future,” Usman said, adding that the boy fingered another senior Boko Haram member, Kerewu Abubakar, in the camp.

The army stated that as a result of the influx of IDPs into the state capital and the resultant security risk, there is need for stricter screening to ascertain their identities.

It added that the arrested suspects were still being investigated and were providing information that could lead to further arrests of suspects both in the camp and elsewhere.


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