A potential child suicide bomber and a Boko Haram member on the wanted list of the Nigerian Army, Usman Modu, was arrested on Wednesday in one of the camps for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Maiduguri, Borno State, army authority said.
The 11-year-old is suspect number 82 on the poster containing the photographs of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists released by the Nigerian Army.
According to a statement issued by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the child said he was sneaked into the camp as a displaced child to familiarise with the people and wait for the day he would be prompted to carry his own suicide attack inside the camp.
The statement reads in part: “Vigilant troops of 7 Division Garrison providing security at IDP Camp, Dalori in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State yesterday afternoon apprehended an 11- year -old boy, Master Usman Modu Tella 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. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect 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 have 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.”