Boko haram suspect reveals how they planned to attack Abuja

Boko haram suspect reveals how they planned to attack Abuja


A 16-year-old suspected Boko Haram member, Mohammed Adamu (also known as Engineer), testified yesterday, revealing plans of how the group planned to attack Abuja late last year.

During a public hearing conducted by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the September 20 killings,  Adamu disclosed how he and 12 others held nocturnal meetings in an uncompleted building at Gudu, near Apo with the intention to launch attacks against government’s interests in their determination to defend Islam.

He said they usually converge at 8pm and left by 11pm and their discussions were on defending their religion through war, using guns and other weapons.

"We agreed and wanted to fight with the government; we were holding discussions on ways and manner to carry out the operation. One day, Suleiman came back with a bag and I enquired what was inside, he opened it and showed me four AK 47 rifles and a pistol.

He said he led the security operatives to arrest Suleiman and other members around midnight on the day of the incident.


“On arrival at the uncompleted building, while the security people approached the building, some people inside the building started shooting at us and I was instructed to lie down by the SSS official. Soldiers then returned fire. I saw Suleiman and the others digging out guns where they buried them in front of the building,” Adamu said.

On how he was arrested, he said, “Suleiman gave me a SIM card with an instruction that I should not use the line anyhow. He told me to always put the SIM on around 8pm. I was at a mosque when the SSS operatives came, with the help of a machine, when it was my turn, they found the SIM in my phone and that was how I was arrested and taken to the SSS office.”


He denied being compelled to indict himself and other members of the sect. “Nobody has told me what to say, Allah is my witness. What I said, is to the best of my knowledge.”



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