A 23-year-old suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ Commander, Mayinta Modu, has said that he received N30,000 as payment for coordinating and participating in the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls. Modu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday at the Borno State Police Command, Maiduguri.
The insurgents had in 2014 abducted over 200 students of the Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State. Modu was among the 22 suspected Boko Haram members arrested by the police for their roles in facilitating and coordinating the abduction of the schoolgirls and attacks on communities, military, security agencies as well as suicide bombings in Borno and Adamawa states.
The suspects were arrested by the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by DCP Abba Kyari two weeks ago in Borno and Yobe states. The state Police Commissioner, Mr. Damian Chukwu, disclosed that Modu and seven other suspects participated actively in the abduction of the schoolgirls.
The police identified Modu as one of the insurgents’ commanders, who coordinated the abduction of the girls and participated in the attacks on Bama and Gwoza communities. Modu, who hails from Bama in Borno State, said that he and other commanders led dozens of fighters to Chibok and abducted the girls from their school in Chibok. The suspect narrated that after the abduction, they traversed through many areas between Nigeria and Cameroon border.
Modu added that the insurgents spent many days in the wilderness before they finally handed over the girls to top commanders of the group. He said: “Most of the abducted girls were released. We were paid N30,000 each for participation in the abduction.
“Equally, when the girls were released sequel to the negotiation with government, we got additional payment of between N30,000 and N60,000 each.” Modu added that he also coordinated several attacks on Bama and Gwoza communities, which resulted in the loss of lives and property. The suspect further revealed that he also facilitated recruitment of girls and boys used as suicide bombers in Maiduguri and other parts of the North-East.