One of the Boko Haram insurgents, whose picture was among the 100 most wanted members of the terrorist sect, is a son of a police officer.
The Punch reports that an unnamed police officer has said that one of the underaged Boko Haram members, paraded on the photographs by the military days back, is his missing child.
According to a senior security personnel, who spoke to The Punch on the condition of anonymity, the photos of the boys alongside others were released after they were seen in highly classified photos and videos with arms and ammunition. The boys were also seen with human limbs of victims they allegedly killed while in action.
Although the photos were released to make the free movement of the alleged persons difficult, it however also led to the startling revelation by a police officer that one of the children belonged to him. The children are listed under 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 99 in the 100 pictures of insurgents released by the Nigerian Army on October 29, 2015.
The source said, “Nigerians should not be agitated about these pictures. The military authorities are not passing a sentence on the kids. They are declared wanted because they have committed heinous acts against humanity. All these people were caught with weapons. Some of them carried out gory activities too unpleasant to mention.
“The pictures are very necessary and they are serving a strong purpose. Do you know that a policeman saw his child among them? Many parents don’t even know that their children are now fighting on the side of Boko Haram. The security agencies went a long way to get these pictures for a purpose.
“The military is going after them to arrest the minors, not to kill them. The motive is to prevent them from carrying out further acts against humanity.”
Speaking to Legit.ng, the army spokesperson Sani Usman said although the army would not divulge how it identifed the suspects, he could only say that suspects were involved in some form of terrorist activity.
“No, I don’t think we need to tell you how we came about them but the fact remains that they are Boko Haram terrorists suspects; they were involved in one form of terrorist activity or the other,” Usman said.