We have received details of the successful interrogation of
a Boko Haram suspect in Borno with the use of Tasers donated by ENDS.
The Every Nigerian Do Something, ENDS organization has over
the years provided support for civilians defending themselves against Boko
Haram in the nation’s beleaguered northeast.
Several tasers among other equipment donated to the
Civilian-JTF in Borno [See: http://ends.ng/?p=752]
turned out more useful than was intended. The tasers which had been donated
with the intention of being used as a first-line of defense/immobilization when
patting down and screening marketers, Church and Mosque attendees and the like,
reportedly came in handy during an interrogation of a Boko Haram terrorist.
Boko Haram terrorists are known to be so indoctrinated with
allegiances, hypnosis, drugs and blood oaths that they rarely divulge valuable
intelligence. On this particular occasion all means of extracting information
from the terrorist had failed — including methods similar to those used by the
United States in Guantanamo — and as a last resort a Civilian-JTF volunteer
suggested an ENDS taser.
When the terrorist was tased, he reportedly fainted. When he
came to and was shown the taser again readied for a second shocking, the
terrorist reportedly began blurting out all the information he had, begging not
to be tased again. It can be imagined that he felt he had crossed to the other
side already and coming back and being threatened to be sent across once more
was simply more than he could bear.
Little Government Support and No Recognition
It must be mentioned that there is very little assistance
these brave young men get from the government; altruistic youth who have done
their best to defend the exposed people of the northeastern states, yet get
little help or even mere recognition from the government.
Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has never on record
praised the activities of the Civilian-JTF, many of whom have died in battles
against Boko Haram terrorists, and whom are usually put in the front-line of
army operations against the terrorists, armed with local weapons and ordinary
sticks and stones.
The local people help cook for these volunteers who are left
little time for their work as they operate in shifts guarding their
communities. Nigeria has refused to train and arm them to be able to properly
defend themselves despite being in the front line.
With low federal resolve and not enough true
government support to both the Nigerian army and the brave Civilian-JTF, 20 out
of 27 local governments of Borno state have been taken over by the insurgents
and frustration is breaking the morale of these brave Nigerians who are
gradually losing faith as they get weary following a six year long foreign and
politician facilitated invasion.
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