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Immigration services officer confesses to being an active member of Boko Haram

SECURITY officials have arrested Ahmed Grema Mohammed an officer with the Nigerian Immigration Services who has confessed to being a member of Boko Haram and named other members of the armed forces involved with the sect.

Apprehended in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by the men of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Mr Mohammed named other security personnel who were Boko Haram members. An Nigerian Immigration Services officer attached to the Nangere office of the Economic Community of West African States in Yobe State, he was apprehended at a checkpoint on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road while on his way to kill a former special adviser to the immediate past governor of the state.

Most of the personnel named by Mohammed have been arrested, while security agencies are on the trail of others. Lt Col Sagir Musa, the JTF spokesman, said Mr Mohammed had been on the wanted list after he impersonated a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

Lt Col Musa added: ¡°Mohammed confessed to be actively involved in the killings of some senior civil servants, security agents, and politicians in Damaturu who spoke against the activities of Boko Haram, particularly the former chairman of Damboa Council, Alhaji Lawal Kawu.

He also took part in the attack on the old police headquarters in Damaturu, where some policemen were killed and large quantity of arms and ammunition were carted away.

¡°In addition, he was among the terrorists that attacked Damaturu Prison, burnt some primary schools and the State CID office and police safety vehicles, among others. The suspect revealed to the JTF that he and 15 other members of the organisation were intensively trained for three months on G3 and AK 47 rifles, as well as in assassinations and special operations in Niger Republic."

It is common knowledge that some soldiers, policemen and other security officials are Boko Haram members and have regularly tipped them off about operations. They have also provided them with inside information about how to attack military formations to cart away weapons.

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