A top Boko Haram commander, Auwal Ismaeela, has confessed that he played a major role in the killings of innocent people and destruction of properties across the ravaged North-East region of Nigeria.
He added that he also led the April 2014 abduction of over 200 Chibok Schoolgirls in Borno State and the killing of youths in Madagali area of Adamawa State.
The former Boko Haram leader who said that he regrets the wickedness he committed against humanity spoke to PRNigeria at a military facility dedicated to repentant and surrendered Boko Haram members.
Ismaeela is now working with the Nigerian Military, providing useful information on the locations and hideouts of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Read below his confessions;
“My self and Abu Hafsat a Boko Haram commander led other squads to abduct the Chibok girls.
“We led the operations to invade Gwoza, Bama, Limankara mobile barrack, Bita, Bosso, Madagali, Chibok, Pulka, Firgi, and Mubi.
“In Madagali which was my home town, myself, Adam Vitiri, Abu Adam and Habu Kudama, some high ranking Boko Haram Commander led an operation in 2014 where we killed some students and youths at the Central Secondary School in Sabon Garin Madagali.
“In one of the operations, I abducted my wife named Maryam who had two kids for me in Sambisa Forest.
“It is unfortunate that I was brainwashed and misled not only on some abductions but in the killings of my own people that were innocent. I wholeheartedly regret my actions.
“During a battle in Konduga where myself and other Boko Haram commanders led the operations, I lost my right leg and was almost got burnt. Even at that, I did not stop fighting for the course. Sheikh Shekau ordered that I should be given a tricycle which I continued to use for various operations before I eventually surrendered.”
“I willingly surrendered to the military because I was tired of the senseless killing and fight. I realised that our people have resort to stealing and all sort of atrocity contrary to the teaching and practice of Islam.
“Women were being raped, sometimes publicly. Children died from malnutrition and disease as the living condition became harsher. As there was no food in the camp, people died every day because of hunger.
“I will continue to cooperate with the security agencies in providing useful information on our mode of operations and to disclose top-secret hideouts of our commanders.”