Detained Boko Haram kingpin opens up •Reveals how sect operates •Says members can’t defect for fear of assassination •Gunmen kill Islamic cleric in Zamfara

TOP level intelligence operatives who have been busy interrogating the arrested Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa, were said to have made important discoveries at the weekend, following revelations contained in the confessional statements of the spokesman.

Sources close to the administration told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja that the arrested Boko Haram spokesman had given some further insights into the operations of the group, while he was also said to have spoken of terrorism weariness on the part of the sect.

A source said that most of the revelations of the arrested Boko Haram spokesman were found useful by the intelligence officers, many of whom were said to have come across some of the information during their collaborative operations with officials of the international intelligence.

It was gathered that the spokesman confessed that many of the operatives of the Boko Haram sect were already war weary but that they could not defect due to the fear of being killed by loyalists of the leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau.

He was said to have told operatives that some of the members who attempted to defect were executed even in the presence of their wives. Seven of such persons were said to have been executed in recent times.

A source quoted Qaqa as saying: “Before I was arrested, some of us had already shown signs of tiredness. Most of us were tired of fighting but we couldn’t come out to say so because of fear of reprisal from leader, Imam Shekau, on dissenting members. Several of our members that denounced the violent struggle were slaughtered in front of their wives and children. Seven were killed recently.”

The arrested Boko Haram leader was also said to have disclosed the perpetual ethnic tension in the Boko Haram sect, as he was said to have told operatives that the non-Kanuris were always scared of being accused of betrayal, following incessant arrest of members of the sect.

Another source quoted Qaqa as saying: “Besides some of us, the non-Kanuris (Hausa, Fulani and others), in the sect were worried at the trend of arrest of our members. It is either that the security agents were so good at their job or some of our members were moles giving us away. The worrying aspect was that most of our key members arrested were non-Kanuris which raised fears that there’s sectional betrayal of members.”

Investigations by the operatives of the SSS also revealed that Abu Qaqa is 42 years old and that he had answered different names, including Mohammed Shauibu, Mohammed Bello, Abu Tiamiya, and Abdulrahman Abdullahi at various times.

He was also said to have adopted Abu Dardaa and later Abu Qaqa, after he was set free during a Bauchi jail break some years back.

Qaqa, who is said to hail from Eviya South village in Ajaokuta Local Government Area of Kogi State, is also said to hold an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Social Work and Administration from Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Borno State.

Meanwhile, suspected armed robbers on Sunday night killed a prominent Islamic scholar in Zamfara State, Sheikh Aminu Abubakar Ashawayi, on the Gusau-Maru, road in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

An eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune that the cleric, who was in company of some Islamic scholars, was invited to attend the annual eid-el-maulud celebration in Maru town, headquarters of Maru Local Government Area.

Somewhere between Tashar Abu and Danmarke, the suspected armed robbers laid an ambush and started robbing people of their belongings.

Findings revealed that as soon as the vehicle conveying the Islamic cleric reached the scene of the robbery around 9.30 p.m., the hoodlums asked them to get out of the car.

According to a source, when the deceased came out of the car, he asked his co-travellers whether the hoodlums were policemen and he was told that they were being attacked by unidentified persons.

One of the robbers then pulled out his AK47 rifle and shot him in the forehead and he slumped and died on the spot. The remains of the late Islamic scholar had since been buried in Gusau according to Islamic injunctions.

When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Tambari Yabo, disclosed that plain-clothes men and mobile policemen had been despatched to the scene to comb the area.

“As I am talking to you now my men are inside the bush to fish out the criminals,” he said.

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