Further insight into the activities of the dreaded Islamic sect Boko Haram continued to emerge from the interrogation room of the State Security Service (SSS), where the captured spokesman of the group Abu Qaqa has been on a roll on his revelations on the operations of the group.
Qaqa revealed that leaders of the group usually get married to the wives of their members who die on suicide missions under the pretext that they are protecting them from attacks.
Also, the disbursement of money to the families of dead members and uneven sharingof funds, especially loot acquired from armed robbery operations have helped to cause disharmony in the group.
According to an insider source, who has kept abreast of Qaqa’s confessions to his interrogators, he disclosed that a major source of distrust and acrimony in the group was the sum of N41 million stolen from a bank but was not accounted for by those who had custody of theloot.
Normally, Qaqa, was said to have informed his interrogators, the money wassupposed to have been shared among five groups: the less privileged; widows ofthose that died in the Jihad; some was meant for Zakat (giving of alms to the poor and needy); another portion was meant for those that stole in the money; and the balance is kept by the leadership of the group for the prosecution of the Jihad.
“We don't know how this money was spent and nobodydared ask questions for fear of death. Even those that took part in the robberies were also always compelled to pay Zakat from their shareto the leadership.”
The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, Qaqa disclosed, appropriates what goes to the widows, less privileged, for Zakat, and theleadership.
“The leadership also shares out the wives of those killed the way he wants and marries some in the name of giving them protection. For instance, he is said to be married to one of Mohammed Yusuf’s wives.
“Everyone lives in fear, more of the leadership of the group, than security agencies. For instance, I never for once believed I would be arrested. I thought Iwas invincible. But now I haverealised that if I could be arrested, if Abdullahi Damasak, the spiritual adviser, could disappear (arrested), then it’s a matter of time before everyone is caught,” Qaqa is reported to have said.
Qaqa was one of the high profile arrests made by the SSS over a fortnight ago in Kaduna. He was in the city as part of the advance team to launch attacks on the state and others in North-west Nigeria.
His arrest has since revealedsome of the operational tactics of the dreaded group, leading to the re-arrest last Friday of Kabiru Abubakar Dikko, alias Kabiru Sokoto, the escapee bomber suspected to have masterminded the Christmas Day bomb blasts in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla in Niger State, where about 44 worshipers died.
Sokoto was found hiding behind a clothes rack in Mutum-Biu in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State.