Spokesman of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Mallam Abu Qaqa, who is in the custody of Department of State Security, DSS, has reportedly told his interrogators that the cars members of the sect use for suicide missions were usually snatched at gun point from the owners.
He said: “We snatch such vehicles at gun point. We use the less exotic ones for suicide bombings and just load vehicles with bombs, drive them near our target, park, get out and leave them to explode thereafter.”
It was learnt that Qaqa confessed during interrogation that the group used mainly old cars for bombing missions, while the exotic ones were usually taken by the alleged leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau.
According to him, even though Mallam Shekau usually told the sect members that he would sell the exotic cars to fund the activities of the group, he hardly did so as many of the affected cars were being kept in his custody.
The sect’s top notch who has been in custody for over two weeks was also reported to have said that tribalism had become a major issue in the group as he accused the leader of favouring his Kanuri stock against other members from other ethnic groups.
“The leadership (Shekau) takes the expensive (exotic) ones, he is always saying that he would arrange for them to be sold and the proceeds put into the Jihad. This is never done, anyway. Most of those vehicles end up with him and the Kanuri members of our Sect.
“They use them, pose in them to deceive security agents at check point. The distribution (utilization) of these stolen vehicles on ‘man-know-man’, ‘man-know-tribesman’ became another source of anger and acrimony but you have to bear it or you die. Once you are in, you are in. If you attempt to leave, you are seen as a traitor who must die,” he was quoted as saying.