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Teenages boys paid by boko haram to commit havoc

June 3, 2013

Teenage suspects with the military
authorities in Maiduguri on Friday said the Boko Haram sect paid them only N5,000 eachto burn primary schools and spy on soldiers indifferent locations.“We were taken to Damaturu were we watched out
for the soldiers and reported back to them. We were reporting when
soldiers were at ease or enjoying themselves and when they were off guard and we were paid for doing that,” said one of the boys. The teenage boys were among 23 women and 35 children released to the governors of Borno and Yobe states by the Commander, 21 Armoured Brigade, Maiduguri, Brig-Gen. R.O
Bamigboye, on behalf of the Chief of DefenceStaff, Admiral Sa’ad Ibrahim.
The children, whose ages range between nine and 15 years, said they were given kegs of
petrol by Boko Haram leaders and sent to burn schools in Borno and Yobe states for N5,000. Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima,
government officials and journalists listened in bewilderment as the children narrated how they were used by the extremist sect to burn schools and spy on soldiers. One of the teenage boys said, “I usually helped
Boko Haram to leak information on military activities so that they could attack them (soldiers). My last job was to travel from Maiduguri to Gashua to spy on soldiers before
I was caught.”Another boy said, “We usually help Boko
Haram to carry stolen items each time and sometimes help them to give information about people they want to attack and sometimes even help to hide their guns after attacks.They pay us N5000 after every operation. I
regret what I did, I want to go home and ask for forgiveness from my father and mother for what I did; I also want to go to school.”The release of the teenage suspects was done in line with the Federal Government’s amnesty
deal. Oh help us God.

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