Boko Haram teenage bomb squad surrenders to JTF in Borno State


Abubakar Mohammed, 19, and Bana Modu, 13, are the two young men detained by the Commander of Sector 3 of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) for installing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for Boko Haram.


The accused turned themselves in on Sunday in Borno State’s Monguno Government Area, according to Lieutenant Colonel Abubakar Abdullahi, the Chief Military Public Information Officer in Ndjamena.


According to him, it was a major victory in the continuous fight to undermine Boko Haram’s activities in the area.


“During a preliminary investigation, Mohammed and Modu revealed they had been ordered to plant IEDs along roads, Doron Baga and Fish Dam in Baga, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.


“Instead of carrying out their mission, they decided to abandon their task, escape with the IEDs and surrender to the MNJTF.


“Their decision was influenced by the MNJTF recently concluded Operation NASHRUL SALAM, a non-kinetic operation and sector’s personal engagement strategy with relevant sources, showcasing the effectiveness of psychological operations in the fight against terrorism.


“Items recovered from them include two IEDs, two mobile phones, and a sum of N53,000 only from Mohammed and Modu.


“This development underscores the MNJTF’s commitment to encouraging other terrorists hiding in the Lake Chad islands to come out, surrender and lay down their arms, in a bid to achieve sustainable peace in the region,” he said.



The MNJTF is still committed to its goal of bringing peace and normalcy back to the Lake Chad Basin, Col. Abdullahi said.

By Nnaemeka Odenigbo

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