A seven-year old boy suspected to be a Boko Haram member has been arrested by the Civilian JTF in Gwange 3, Maiduguri Borno State capital,on his way to Bomb Dalori Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp.
According to a CJTF member, Umar Bala, the suspect who was a mechanic apprentice, was arrested with an IED and some mobile phones on Sunday evening, while on his way to the camp.
Bala said they observed the boy’s suspicious look, they stopped him for questioning and made him confess after giving him serious beating. He confessed that an unknown man asked him to bomb Dalori camp promising to reward him handsomely after the deal
“We observed that the boy was looking suspicious, so we asked him where he was heading to and he said Dalori IDPs camp. After giving him a good beating, he confessed that he was asked to go and bomb Dolari camp by an unnamed man. He said the man had promised to pay him after the deal.
“The boy said the man was carrying several IEDs and he did not know where to locate him.
“He is still under the custody of the Sector 3 Commander; he said they should give him food so that he can talk more”.
Just last week, two female suicide bombers attacked an IDP camp in Dikwa, Borno state, killing about 58 persons and injuring as much as 78.
According to reports, three female suicide bombers walked into the camp disguised as IDPs just to gain entry into the camp housing over 50, 000 people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of Nigeria.
The incident occurred when the people queued up to collect their morning food and two reportedly blew up themselves but the third suspected female bomber was said to have submitted herself to the authorities in the camp when she realized that her parents and siblings were among the IDPs in the camp.
Following the attack on the IDP camp, the United Nations Human Rights experts has urged the Nigerian government to ensure that the areas they claimed to have liberated from Boko Haram forces are truly safe for people displaced by the violence, enabling them to return home. They have also called for adequate protection of camps, both for formal and informal internally displaced persons (IDPs).