State Security Service (SSS) sources say further interrogations of rearrested Boko Haram suspect Kabiru Abubakar Dikko Umar, known as Kabiru Sokoto, has given security operatives valuable information into activities of the dreaded sect.
Mr. Sokoto, the Nation reported, admitted to being a member of the Sura Committee, the highest decision making board of Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.
Kabiru Sokoto was arrested in January, accused of being the “mastermind” behind the 25 December bombings of the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger in which at least 43 were killed.
He escaped while in police custody, but was rearrested over the weekend.
SSS sources for the Nation denied speculations that Mr. Sokoto had been moved to a military base, claiming that the Madalla “mastermind”, alongside 30 “key” members of the sect are still being held in the custody of the secret police.
This source told the Nation that suspect Kabiru Sokoto “knows the game is up and he has been cooperative with the panel of interrogators.
“We have retrieved Kabiru Sokoto’s call logs, which have provided substantial information on key co-ordinators of the sect. The call logs are many; we are screening them with the cooperation of the suspect. He is giving useful information on each name on the logs. There is no doubt we will go after these sect leaders.
“So far, he has opened up on the composition of the Sura Committee, which is the highest advisory/decision-making body of Boko Haram, headed by Imam Abubakar Shekau.
“The suspect bared it all on how they take decisions on when and where to strike. He said the Sura Committee has been responsible for the operation of the sect.”
Interrogators also seek to discover from Mr. Sokoto how Boko Haram sources its funds, who its backers are and location of training grounds.
Another discovery, a source said, is that the 30 “key” members of the Islamic sect, arrested since the capture of sect’s spokesman Abul Qaqa, appear not to have a true knowledge of Islam.
One source said: “One of the strange things we discovered is that contrary to their posturing, most of them are not well-versed in Quranic memorisation and recitation or deep knowledge of Quran. Some have smattering knowledge of Quran.
“Most of them also could not give cogent reasons for doing what they are doing. And they said the fear of arrest made them to cause more havoc.”
Investigations, the source also revealed to the Nation, that sect sources “arms and ammunition from police armory”, adding that evidence will soon be turned in to the appropriate authorities for probe.