Suspects say Boko Haram has nothing to do with Islam
Five suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have been arrested by the Joint Security Forces in Kaduna State.
A top security source, who confirmed the arrest on Thursday in Kaduna, said the arrest was carried out by the Department of State Services, DSS, in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force in an operation launched to thwart a planned attack on a police station at Kwanan Dangora, Kaduna State.
“During the early hours of Wednesday, 19th February, 2014, while assigned members of the Boko Haram sect were on their way to actualise the planned attacks, they were arrested by the joint security forces,” said the source who pleaded for anonymity because he was not cleared to speak officially.
The names of the arrested members of the sects are 28-year-old kingpin, Bashir Ali, Abdullahi Adam 21, Adamu Abdullahi ,29, Abubakar Abdullahi, 32 and Mohammed Umar, 32.
“Some of the weapons we recovered from the suspects includes seven primed Improvised Explosives Devices,one General Purpose Machine Gun , three AK 47 Riffles,five fully charged magazines, 66 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunitions and a jerry can of petrol among other things,” the source disclosed.
Mr. Ali,the leader of the foiled attack who spoke briefly said he was recruited into the deadly group by one Lawal, presently at large.
“Lawal gave us a car and N17,000 at Karfi near Kano to attack the Kwanan Dangora police station on Tuesday and deposit all the weapons that will have been stolen from the police station to a hide out in Kunkumi, Kaduna State. I was recruited into the group 14 months ago by somebody I met in a commercial vehicle in Bauchi.But, I must emphasise here that our operation since after the death of Mohammed Yusuf has nothing to do with Islam. We are on a revenge operation against our members that were killed by soldiers in Bauchi five years ago. Boko Haram is split into two.There are the group that kill people randomly and those that are on a revenge mission of specific targets. All these activities has nothing to do with Islam and I must say that I regret my membership in the group,” Mr. Ali said.