The recently Arrested Boko-Haram commander in Lagos identified as Umar Abdulmalik had confessed that he was initiated into Boko-haram through radical teachings that frown on the western and democratic system of government in okene, a settlement in Kogi state
The 39-year-old suspected commander of Boko-haram also told newsmen that he joined one of the Boko Haram cells in Okene headed by one Zeeidi, claiming that he was responsible, carrying out several bombings within Kaduna, Kano and Abuja.
“ Zeeidi was the person providing the bombs and my job then was to take them to our target locations. After a while, the Department of State Services infiltrated our cell and started arresting members of our group. Mallam Mustapha was arrested and his mosque was demolished”.
“Zeedi also brought the idea that we should rob banks so that those of us who have not been arrested could have resources to continue with the struggle”.
“He brought some guns and he suggested we should attack the Koton Karfe Prison so we could free our members who were detained there. The attack on the prison was successful and we freed a lot of our members”.
“We then attacked some banks in Okene and Owo and made away with large sums of money. We used some of the money we got from those robberies to buy advanced explosives, including materials we could use in producing non-metallic bombs that could beat metal detectors. A lot of our members were arrested after those bank robberies and the attack on the prison.
Abdulmalik also confessed to have taken part in the jailbreak that occurred 2012 in Koton Karfe Prison in Kogi State, where over 100 inmates were freed and asked to join his group to attack banks in Okene, Kogi State and Owo in Ondo State.
The native of Okene, in an interview with newsmen during the week, stated that the proceeds of the robberies were used to procure sophisticated explosives used for terrorism.
Abdulmalik was however tracked down in Lagos in Lagos by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team. He was later paraded in Abuja along with seven other suspected members of his gang.