A Boko Haram recruiter has been arrested in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno state on Sunday. The 56-year old suspect was detained by The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The suspect admitted that he was a supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram militants.He lured young children by promising jobs.
“He went about telling the youths that he could help them get jobs that will pay very well in a community where there is no such opportunity at the moment. That was how his cover was blown,” said Ibrahim Abdullahi The commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, as reported by All Africa.
NSCDC said that the suspect was handed over to the army as they don’t have a high facility for high-profile suspects.
The recruiter confessed that his three children are major insurgents in the Islamic sect. However, NSCDC has not disclosed any information about the same.
Since its inception of military operations in 2009, Boko Haram has claimed over 20,000 lives in North East. In 2013, it was designated as a terrorist group. Its founding leader Mohammad Yusuf, who was killed while in police custody in 2009, set up a religious synthesis of terrorism which included a mosque and an Islamic school.
Several Nigerian children enrolled in the school with a hope to touch heights of success. But, Yusuf was inclined towards a subject of radicalisation. Then what? He taught extremism and radicalized children according to his own Islamic agendas.
With all of that happening, Nigeria’s paramilitary agency- NSCDC – works to their best to halt insurgency. The agency has been working towards peace restoration in all the regions of Nigeria.
“Our men have made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin. The notorious kingpin was said to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists,” said Abdullah in a report by Ventures.