SSS Parades five Boko Haram suspects, including their leader - a lecturer.

SSS Parades five Boko Haram suspects, including their leader - a lecturer.

The State Security Service (SSS) paraded a suspected commander and a spiritual leader of Boko Haram and four members of his cell on November 20, 2013, Wednesday.

The suspects are being held by the SSS over the alleged plots to carry out attacks in Kogi state.

According to the SSS, the five extremists, whose leader, Muhammad Nazeef Yunus is an assistant lecturer in Kogi state university, were planning to attack the Igala ethnic community.

However, Mr. Muhammad Nazeef denied the allegation as an attempt to set him up by Boko Haram because he had been preaching against the sect's ideology. But the other suspects insisted that he is their leader.


Nazeef, who was born in Idah, Kogi State, attended the Arabic Central Primary School in that town, and El-Kanemi College, Maiduguri. He also studied at the Islamic School, University of Medina, in Saudi Arabia and served in the National Youth Service Corp in 1995 at Al-Iman Secondary School, Dogon Dutse, in Jos.

Nazeef earned a Masters Degree in Arabic from the University of Jos.  Just last year, he earned a Ph.D in Islamic Studies from Kogi State University.

Umar Musa (Head of Operations/Instructor) confessed publicly that he was employed by Boko Haram as Instructor after he lost his job with the state teaching hospital, and was taken to the Sambisa camp of the sect for a week’s training on handling weapons.

He said he was deployed to the education unit of the camp as Munzi (instructor) and placed on a monthly salary of N50,000. He further stated that he and Yusuf later returned from Sambisa and re-united with Nazeef in Kogi State where they plotted to carry out violent attacks in Igala land. He maintained that Nazeef appointed him the Head of Operations and Munzi.

Mustapha Yusuf (Armourer/Chief Courier) and Ismaila Abdulazeez (Foot soldier) confessed that that Nazeef was their teacher who teaches them Jihad and Islamic Sharia.

SSS spokesperson Marilyn Ogar said the suspects were planning to carry out an attack on Igala Land but were arrested at Zuba white mosque near Abuja on their way to Zambisa in Maiduguri for training. They were also going to install Sharia in Kogi State.

Ogar told newsmen that the suspects will soon be charged to court.



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