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Boy's arrest highlights vulnerability of IDPs camps

03 December 2015, 10:33Emeka Okonkwo

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 persons (IDPs).

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 bomber.

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 society.

“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

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