Boko Haram

Shekau told us Federal Government was insincere, but he is even worse than the FG he vehemently condemns – ex-Boko Haram member

Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group

A Boko Haram fighter who is currently in the custody of troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, has revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group told them that the Federal Government was insincere and cheated them.

The terrorist noted that Shekau was however worse than the FG he vehemently condemned, saying that he was happy to have escaped the sect.

“They told us that we were being lied to and cheated by apostate governments, but I have not seen any difference between Shekau and those he has been condemning. He may even be worse than them. I am having it a lot better here because since we came out of the bush, we have been fed and catered for,” he said.

He revealed that he participated in various operations in Banki, Fotokol, Chikun Gudu, Gamboru Ngala, New Marte, and others.

According to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), 47 Boko Haram fighters surrendered with their families.

Another terrorist revealed how nepotistic Shekau was in appointing leaders and tax collectors.

“If you do not speak a particular language, you cannot be appointed a commander or made a guard in the bush. He (Shekau) also said that you couldn’t even be allowed to go for tax collection. This discriminatory attitude made some of us feel that we were not trusted and good enough to be given responsibilities,” he said.

A female among the sect. also revealed the abuse of women in Boko Haram camps. She prayed that no woman should find herself in the situation she recently escaped.

The Chief Public Information officer of the MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, in his statement said; “The MNJTF renews the call on other misled fighters in the bush to come out. It is important to add that MNJTF troops contributing countries have structures and programmes in place to receive all those who surrender.

“Similarly, the MNJTF urges communities to accept repented terrorists back after their rehabilitation, even though some of them had perpetrated heinous crimes. The MNJTF shares in the understanding that such a gesture by communities will go a long way in the continuing efforts to defeat terrorism and build peace in the Lake Chad Basin,” he added.

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