DAILY FILE – A top commander of the Boko Haram insurgents, Umar Abdulmalik, who was arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, in Lagos State, has revealed how he joined the Islamic sect.
Abdulmalik was arrested for carrying out several bombings, bank robberies and killings within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Owo, Ondo State and Lokoja Kogi State.
The 30-year-old Okene-born suspect was alleged to have killed over 200 persons before his arrest.
He told Vanguard that a radical Islamic cleric, identified as Mallam Mustapha, indoctrinated him into the deadly sect.
He said, “We robbed banks to sustain the jihad.
“I joined one of the Boko Haram cells in Okene headed by one Zeeidi and we carried out several bombings within Kaduna, Kano and Abuja, so we could free our members who were detained there.
“The attack on the prison was successful and we freed a lot of our members, after which we attacked some banks in Okene and took all the money we could find there.
“We then moved to Owo where we robbed some of the banks with dynamites and carted away large sums of money.
“We used some of the money we made from those robberies to buy high explosives including materials we could use in producing non-metallic bombs that could beat metal detectors” the suspect said.
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