17-year-old Boko Haram suspect ‘killed 18’

17 year old, Ali Mustafa

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) on Tuesday paraded a 17-year-old Boko Haram suspect, who admitted killing 18 people since he joined the group three years ago.

The suspect, Ali Mustafa, said he was forced to join the deadly group when Boko Haram terrorists attacked his village in Monguno and left with many boys.

The teenager said he gained skill handling assault rifles, with which he executed his victims.

“I was forced to join Boko Haram about three years ago,” he said.

“Boko Haram insurgents came to our village and forcefully took many of us away. We were kept in the bush camp near Kala Balge and from there we carried out various operations, during which I personally killed 18 persons.

“I can handle all kinds of guns including AK-47 and AA (anti aircraft) rifle.

The boy said his last mission was to go to Maiduguri to spy for his group, as he often did before attacks were carried out. He said he decided to change his mind on the way to Maiduguri.

“I was tired of killing people against my wish, so I told my two other colleagues with whom we were asked to go on a spying mission that we should abandon the mission and run.

“So I came to Maiduguri to search for my parents in the camps. But some IDPs who knew me as member of Boko Haram decided to report me to the security people,” he said.

The teenager, who looked unkempt, said he belonged to the Mamman Nur group of Boko Haram.

He said there were hundreds of young boys like him currently in the bush working for Boko Haram.

The Commandant of NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, paraded the young boy alongside other nine criminals who were arrested for other offences.

He said the young man had initially denied being a member of Boko Haram.

“But after a thorough interrogation he gave up his denial and confessed to be a Boko Haram member and that he had carried out many execution of innocent persons,” he said.


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  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    THis is what you get when rulers steal all the money that was meant to create a future for this boy.

    The blood of the dead is on the hands of the leaders. This is your creation.

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    And will he face trial? I guess not but Nnamdi Kanu and co are being tried secretly for treason for killing not a single soul

    • CovertNigerian

      He’s a minor. So his case isn’t as straightforward as you suggest. In many ways, he is a victim as well as a perpetrator of crimes, so which comes first? I think there’s a strong argument for a case that he committed crimes because he was a victim from age 14.
      Nnamdi Kanu on the other hand is an adult that willfully broke Nigerian law. Whether he was challenging unfair laws or circumstances is up for debate, but please don’t equate him to this child.

  • Christian Igbinaduwa

    When we saw videos of Boko haram set Mache ting people with cutlasses, Nigerian Army personnel using diggers/sword or some big knives to slit the throat of a fellow human beings!!!!, Fulani herdsmen killings, Family members behearding family members for rituals, prostitutions, name it, the list just go on and on. Can we just break to see maybe it is a headache for leaders the amount of people to design, decide their well being if they even know what to do, why have we abandon ordinary farming, trading in the name of corruptions and killings? A few corruption that mainly started when Murtala/ obasanjo time were the heads of state. Then Shagari, time took it, Buhari, Babangida, till now!!! Wow behold thee ingrates

  • Eja

    This is why a quality education system that leaves NO young person behind is the number one preventative measure against the type of chaos groups like boko haram represents.

  • Christian Igbinaduwa

    @Eja, I ask while do we have religion in Nigeria? How many damage has Religion inflicted in Nigeria especially Islam. I am very peculiar that Nigeria that is suppose to be a social champion with loads of diversity is now a social hindrance especially with no where to place Islam and the followers in Nigeria(particularly the Hausa/Fulani and South western Nigerians. Islam has made these people turn against civilization and with the large population that is suppose to help create internal economy becomes liability