Troops apprehend suspected child suicide bomberA potential suicide bomber, Usman Modu Tella, has been apprehended by troops providing security at Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, Dalori in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State.


  • The apprehension was reported by a spokesman for the military
  • The boy is the number 82 suspect in the poster of 100 suspected terrorists published by the military
  • Tella is from Bama town, a town earlier occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists
  • He made more revelations about the sect to the troops


Tella, 11, was apprehended on Tuesday afternoon by troops of of 7 Division Garrison.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said Tella was the suspect number 82 on the poster containing the photographs of 100 wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists released by the Nigerian Army.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was from Bama town and is among four other children trained for suicide bombing by the Boko Haram terrorists.

He told the troops that the three others had already carried out their missions at different locations. His job was to do same in the camp sometime in the future.

The boy also identified one other Boko Haram senior member, Mr Kerewu Abubakar, at the camp.

influx of IDPs

The concerted efforts of the military are yielding results, as quite a number of towns and villages held by the Boko Haram terrorists were liberated.

The military said the liberation led to the unprecedented influx of IDPs to the camp which the terrorists took advantage and infiltrate in order to wreck more havoc among the society.

The case of these suspects clearly indicated this point hence the need for proper screening of all IDPs with a view to ascertain their true identity.

The apprehension of the suspect is a boost to the fight against terrorism and insurgency in that they were assisting with investigation that would lead to the arrest of more suspected terrorists in the camp and elsewhere


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