Abuja - Following the arrest of a child for
alleged involvement in terrorism, the Nigerian Army has called for thorough
screening of people seeking refuge in camps housing internally displaced
On Wednesday, troops of the Nigerian Army 7 Division
Garrison providing security at the IDPs camp at Dalori in Maiduguri
Metropolitan Council of Borno State apprehended an 11-year old boy (name
withheld by this publication as he is a minor) described as a potential suicide
He is suspect number 82 on the poster containing the
photographs of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists released by the
Nigerian Army recently.
The Army reported the boy also pointed out one other
alleged Boko Haram senior member, Alhaji Kerewu Abubakar, at the camp.
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Spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Kukasheka Sani Usman,
said it would be recalled that due to the concerted efforts of the military in
a number of towns and villages hitherto held by the Boko Haram terrorists were
liberated, this brought about an unprecedented influx of IDPs to the camp which
the terrorists took advantage and infiltrate in order to wreck more havoc among
“The case of these suspects clearly indicated this point
hence the need for proper screening of all IDPs with a view to ascertain their
true identity,” Usman said.
Meanwhile, preliminary investigations, Usman said,
revealed that the minor was from Bama town and is among four other children
trained for suicide bombing by the Boko Haram terrorists.
He further added that the three others had already
carried out their missions at different locations.
“His job was to do same in the camp sometime in
the future,” said Usman.
- CAJ News