Information available to 247ureports.com through a credible source within the leadership ranks of the dreaded terrorist Islamic group, Boko Haram indicate that the group may have gone into overdrive following the public utterance by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan that the Islamic group will be out of existence by the month of June 2012. The statement which came while Mr. President visited South Korea in April 2012, has led to the Islamic group to spread its support tentacles across the African continent in a manner that has not been witnessed before.
The members of the Islamic group who responded to the President in the negative took the President’s public announcement as clear challenge to the group’s resilience and seriousness. The field commanders of the Islamic group mounted a ‘face-saving’ insurgence that resulted to the failed assassination attempt on the Inspector General of Police [IGP], Abubakar, killing of Bayero University Kano Church goers, slaughter at the Potiskum Cattle Market and other like attacks. The Joint Task Force [JTF], on their part, in an attempt to suppress the mounting insurgency uncovered identities of the leadership ranks in Kano to include a Yoruba man and a Cameroonian woman.
It is on this strength that the source within Boko Haram revealed that the leadership of the Islamic group to comprise of persons from diversified tribal groups of Nigeria and of Chad Republic. In particular, he pointed to the field commander/leader of the Gombe/Jos/Bauchi regiment/division to be of Igbo parentage [Anambra State]. According to the source, the Igbo man is aged in his early 30s – was born and raised in Borno State – and had been indoctrinated into the Islamic way of life – long before the recent insurgence of the Boko Haram. He added that the Gombe/Jos/Bauchi division to be the most active and battle ready among the divisions presently on ground in Nigeria. “The Kanuri people and the comrades from Chad are the same. Their language and customs are similar. We have lots of them in our regimen” said the source.
Concerning recent publication that the Boko Haram has received financial help from a North African country, Algeria, the high ranking source, added that Boko Haram has been receiving financial and other-like resources from international communities that stretch to Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan and other country where their parent organization [the Al Qeada] has significant sympathizers. In particular, it was revealed that the deposed leader of Mauritania, former President Sidi Mohamed Sheik Abdullahi has been a “close” financial friend of the Islamic group who had made available millions of dollars to the group to facilitate for training at the Al Shabaab training camps in Southern Mogadishu, Somalia – and to carry out operations in Nigeria. “We now have enough resources and trained men to see us through June” stated the Boko Haram source.
Adding that the former President of Mauritania, Sidi Mohamed Sheik Abdullahi provided additional logistical assistance to the group for the training of snipers – estimated to be 341 in number – of which 119 have allegedly arrived northern Nigeria, he exclaimed that the remainders “are on their way” to enable the shift in tactics. [Sidi Mohamed Sheik Abdullahi is said to be residing in Algeria and France.]
The Boko Haram source recalled that the Nigerian military’s assistance to the United States forces in Southern Mogadishu in a coordinated attack against the commanders and men of Al Shabaab near the Sahafi Hotel – where Al Shabaab snipers were staged. He lamented that Nigeria sent forces to the African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] to kill their men and comrades.
Also, a wealthy merchant from Chad [name not given] is revealed to aid the leadership of Boko Haram in weapon acquisition and transport into Africa and into northern Nigeria. The Chadian is said to have been assisting the group – based more on an economic interest than religious. “He is a very wealthy man with unlimited access to weapons.” 247ureports.com understands the Chadian’s objective is primarily to aid the Boko Haram achieve “confusion in Nigeria” – and to subsequently reap the economic benefits that may result. The Chadian merchant is resident in the central region of Chad.