Ali Goni, described as one of the most deadly Boko Haram member who mastered various techniques that can cause maximum destruction of lives, made a mind boggling confession in a new interview.
15-year-old Ali Goni, who was only ten years old and in primary six when he was kidnapped in Bama, told newsmen that he made 500 underwear Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), which was used by insurgents for suicide missions on soft targets in the last five years.
The suspect who is also said to be the most innovative bomb maker to emerge in recent years according to army intelligence sources, said that he assembled IEDs with fragmented materials and configure them for suicide missions. According to Goni who is currently undergoing rehabilitation, he introduced the use of padlock to IEDs strapped on bombers that can hardly be demobilised or detected by bomb detectors.
“I was kidnapped along with my mother in Bama’s Kawuri Street by Baba Kaka, a dreaded Boko Haram commander. They took us to Sambisa and kept us in a camp called “Kwalfata”. We underwent various training in the camp. During the course of our induction training, I was selected to be trained on bomb making technique, bomb detection as well as identifying and demobilising explosives.
I refused initially, but they said they would kill my mother just like the way they killed my father when they stormed Bama. So I eventually agreed. During the training, many of my colleagues died while trying to make bombs. At the end I emerged the best among all. My job was to make many bombs that would be used for suicide missions. I was working under the supervision of Baba Musa, a 70 year-old.
Musa also thought me the new technique of making underwear IED with padlock. At some point, I was the only bomb maker when all those I was trained with were killed by the military during several attacks. So they took me from camp to camps to make IEDs for suicide missions.
I was in Kangarwa, Pulka, Banki and other camps. I managed to escape when the military bombed our camp in Baga. I ran to Cameroon where I surrendered to the Cameroonian forces. I was later handed over to the Nigeria military” he said.
The former Boko Haram member whose photo was not taken because of his age, hopes to be a soldier in the future and also help the military in identifying IEDs.