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INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by feedburner(m): 12:58pm On Jul 04, 2015
On Saturday, 4 October, 2013, Bauchi, capital of Bauchi State, was experiencing an unusually cold weather. At the Old GRA, a suburb of the city, Ismaila Gambo, a 21-year-old with a neatly trimmed beard got up at dawn and headed to a nearby mosque for his morning prayers. He wore a grey sweatshirt atop a pair of jeans and boots.Ismaila’s dressing suggested that hewas off to some high-energy work. But he was actually headed for Maiduguri, capital of Borno State where he believed he was to carry out a self-appointed divine assignment.Upstairs, in a bedroom in the Gambos’ home, a duplex, his 17–year-old sister, Khadija, said her own prayers. She was dressed in a long gown and wore a headscarf as she waited for her brother to return.Khadija wore a niqabi, a veil worn by a Muslim woman so that only the eyes are visible. Soon, if all went according to plan, Khadija would be married to a jihadi, a fighter for the cause of Islam. What would her husband be like? She hoped he would be handsome and bearded likeIsmaila, her brother.When the men returned from the mosque just before 6 a.m., Khadija waited until she heard her father go back to bed. Then, before her parentswoke up, she stuffed some pillows under the covers to make it seem likeshe was the one in bed and mentally reviewed her checklist: – clothes for five days, boots, warm socks, a toothbrush, a hairbrush, her niqabi, hijab, and Qur’an.She grabbed her suitcase, walked downstairs, slipped through the door with her brother and they sped off in one of their father’s many cars.For the Gambo children, they were embarking on a journey to fulfill destiny. Both had been radicalised bythe extremist ideology of Boko Haram and were making a trip to be part of the movement they believed in. But fate had other plans for them.The two Gambo siblings – this website agreed to change their names for security reasons – had been plotting their journey for over a year. They had been in touch via the telephone and internet with others who had become convinced that the Boko Haram ideology represents the way to salvation.Ismaila is an Engineering graduate ofthe Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University, Bauchi. His sister, was a second year French undergraduate ofthe University of Jos, before they embarked on their journey.But Ismaila and his sister did not fulfill the mission to join the insurgents. They were caught because he mixed up the phone number of his contact — a lecturer at the University of Maiduguri– which was given to him by a Boko Haram member. The contact was to have provided them with accommodation in GRA, Maiduguri.“I made a mistake with the numbers they (Boko Haram) had given me in Bauchi, and by twist of fate it was another University of Maiduguri lecturer’s number.”“The lecturer played along, and while we were waiting, the house was raided,” Ismaila recalled, without regret.He and his sister are among many that wanted to join Boko Haram or successfully joined, but were caught and are now cooling their heels at a detention camp in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State and the heart of the insurgency.The icirnigeria.org was given a brief, exclusive access to the detention facility in Maiduguri, one of the many such places where the children of mostly rich and powerful people who have supported, sponsored or were working for Boko Haram are being kept.The story of these “rich kids” provides a glimpse into how some of the terrorist activities of the Boko Haram group have been financed. Apparently, part of the insurgency group’s past success can be attributed to the contributions these children made to their “cause”.Ismaila told the icirnigeria.org that there were many of them who were successfully recruited from very influential homes to work for Boko Haram. Many of them consider claims that the insurgency was poverty-driven laughable.Adegboyega Sam, an army major andone of the officers at the camp, said when Ismaila and his sister were arrested, they had almost an equivalent of N3 million in various currencies, several banks’ ATM cards, four smartphones and three laptops.“There are many of them here, children of influential Nigerians, some we have been keeping for morethan three to four years. We only await instructions from above; ours is to follow orders,” he said.ConfusionIn spite of several hours of interrogation, investigators who havehandled the case of these young Nigerians are still a bit confused about how they got conscripted to work for Boko Haram. There are still too many questions unanswered. Why did they leave everything dear tothem – family, privileged upbringing and life – without looking back to become terrorists?The services that Ismaila intended tooffer Boko Haram are unclear, even tohim. According to a rough transcript of his confessional statement, he told security operatives that he wanted to play a “public-service role”— delivering food, or, perhaps, providing intelligence for the sect; maybe “a combat role”, he said.Ismaila said he had never held a gun,let alone fire one. As he claimed, his desire was to help Muslims. He wanted to die fighting a holy war.When asked if he was willing to be used on a suicide mission, Ismaila said: “Yes, if it pleases the Almighty Allah.”“I did not just run with my sister. An Islamic State had been established, and it is thus obligatory for every able-bodied male and female to fight to keep it. I wanted the comfort of a new khalifah (caliphate),” he said.Investigations show that there are many like Ismaila who have come to believe in the Boko Haram ideology and have provided support in terms of intelligence, logistic support, food, transportation and so on. Others have directly provided funds to oil the wheel of the deadly insurgency campaign waged by Boko Haram against the Nigerian state and its people.Musa AwalAnother inmate of the detention facility,Musa Awal, 18, was restless as he spoke to our reporter.“This nation is openly against Islam and Muslims, especially since Jonathan became President and the evil of this country makes me sick,” he said angrily.Musa is the third son of a wealthy family from Borno State. His family came into wealth during the regime of the late General Sani Abacha. He told our reporter boldly that not only is education harmful, but “living in this land is haram [sinful]”.But when reminded that he had attended some of the best schools in Nigeria, he kept mute, looking bemused.When Musa was caught, he begged that his parents should not be called. He told interrogators that if he confessed, his parents would be killed.According to a security source, this suggests that he must have worked with a group of people – the possibility of a cell could not be overruled.Another source at the Directorate of Behavioural Analysis which is part of the office of the National Security Office, NSA, revealed that they had been tracking finance and supplies to Boko Haram for long and it was no surprise that many influential families had set up some sort of fund which they released in the shape of “protection monies” to Boko Haram.“Some of them watch helplessly as their kids become radicalized and whenwe nab them, some even prefer that their wards are left in detention out of fear,” said the source.The source disclosed that... continue at

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Re: INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by Nobody: 12:59pm On Jul 04, 2015
grin
Re: INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by keandre: 1:00pm On Jul 04, 2015
I bow for the poster above me
Re: INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by feedburner(m): 1:00pm On Jul 04, 2015
can any reasonable person tell me why I should stay together with these people as compatriots?
Re: INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by NeduLuiZ(m): 1:01pm On Jul 04, 2015
Topic should be how rich Muslims sponsor boko haram
Re: INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by funlord(m): 1:01pm On Jul 04, 2015
grin CRAP NONI!
Re: INVESTIGATION: How Children From Rich Nigerian Families Help Finance Boko Haram by Nobody: 1:03pm On Jul 04, 2015
Please expose as many of these boko haramic m0rons as possible.
Name and shame them . . .

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