A 17-year-old suspected Boko Haram member, Ali Mustapha, has confessed that he had killed 13 people since his abduction and recruitment into the terror group.
Mustapha was paraded yesterday at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State. The suspect, however, told journalists that he was forced to kill the victims. Mustapha, who was paraded by the state Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ibrahim Abdullahi, was abducted by Boko Haram at Marte and later recruited into the sect.
He said he was trained on how to operate AK47 rifle, which he used to kill 13 people in different operations around Marte. According to him, most of the people he killed were arrested and brought to him for execution. He said: “The Manman Nur faction of the group sent us to Maiduguri on a surveillance mission; we were three in number, while the remaining two were in Monguno. I was arrested by NSCDC in Maiduguri.”
Mustapha said he was sent to assess situation on Baga Road, Monday market and Customs market in Maiduguri, and report back. He added: “I was kidnapped in Marte by the insurgents when they stormed the town in 2013 and they took us away to Chikungudu forest in Kalabalge Local Government Area. “I was held captive for three years at Chikungudu. During those three years, I killed 13 people in separate locations.
“First was at Chikungudu where we were held hostage by Boko Haram. They forced us to kill people, especially when they returned from a mission. “They said they were testing us and, therefore brought some people and asked me to kill five people. “I initially declined but they threatened to kill me, so, I had no option but to kill them.” The suspect also said the terrorists later came with three other people and forced him to kill them.
He said: “The second time was at a village called Burssari, they also brought five people and ask me to kill them, which I did. “I spent three years with the insurgents in Chikunguda and Kalabalge. Life for us was indeed terrible.
We were trained to dismantle and repair AK47 rifles.” Mustapha also said that more than 500 children of his age and others, who were older than him, were initiated as child soldiers in the Chukungudu forest by the insurgents.
Abdullahi said the suspect was arrested near the Bakassi the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, Maiduguri, by men of the command. Abdullahi said the suspect’s parents were identified as IDPs taking refuge at the camp. He said: “The suspect will be handed over to the military for further investigation and profiling.”