11yr Old Potential Suicide Bomber

Vigilant troops of 7 Division Garrison providing security at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, Dalori in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State, on Tuesday apprehended an 11-year-old boy, Master Usman Modu Tella, a potential suicide bomber.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said, Tella is suspect number 82 on the poster containing the photographs of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists released by the Nigerian Army. Usman said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was from Bama town and was among the 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. The boy also pointed out one other Boko Haram senior member, Alhaji Kerewu Abubakar at the camp."

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 The army spokesman added that due to the concerted efforts of the military, a number of towns and villages hitherto held by the Boko Haram terrorists had liberated. This has led to an unprecedented influx of IDPs to the camp who the terrorists took advantage of and infiltrated in order to wreak 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.

"The apprehension of the suspects is a boost to the fight against terrorism and insurgency in that they were assisting with investigation that would lead to the arrest of more suspected terrorists in the camp and elsewhere."

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