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Saturday, July 4, 2015

How children of Influential Northern #Nigerians fund #BokoHaram #HNNTerror


Children of rich and influential Northern Nigerians are allegedly financing Boko Haram. It's something that I have been suspecting for a while now. Many of them have either joined or got busted trying to join. Ismaila and his sister and a pair of Nigerian siblings whose names have been changed for security reasons and are under detention.

Adegboyega Sam, an army major and one of the officers at the camp, said when Ismaila and his sister were arrested, they had almost an equivalent of N3 million in various currencies, several banks’ ATM cards, four smartphones and three laptops.

“There are many of them here, children of influential Nigerians, some we have been keeping for more than three to four years. We only await instructions from above; ours is to follow orders,” he said.

In spite of several hours of interrogation, investigators who have handled the case of these young Nigerians are still a bit confused about how they got conscripted to work for Boko Haram. There are still too many questions unanswered. Why did they leave everything dear to them – family, privileged upbringing and life – without looking back to become terrorists?

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