A top Boko Haram Commander who played a pivotal role in the abduction of Chibok girls has surrendered to the Nigerian army. Auwala Isabela has surrendered and confessed to several acts of killings of innocent people, abduction of the Chibok girls, killing of the youth in Madagali and the destruction of property across the north-eastern part of Nigeria.
The ex-terrorist has claimed that he was forced to commit several atrocities against humanity and he had surrendered to the army in order to make amends for his former acts which he admits run counter to several Islamic injunctions.
He has offered to cooperate with the Nigerian Military and provide useful information on locations and hideouts of other top commanders of the Boko Haram sect. he also encouraged the other top commanders of the sect to surrender to the military. He admits that he was tired of the Boko Haram insurgency and the role he played in it hence his surrender.
“I willingly surrendered to the military because I was tired of the senseless killings and fighting. I realized that our people had resorted to stealing and all sort of atrocities contrary to the teaching of Islam. Women were being raped, sometimes publicly. Children died from malnutrition and diseases as the living conditions became harsher. People died in the camps every day because of hunger as there was no food in the camp.” He said.
He also confessed to some of the operations he helped plan and participated in. he discussed the roles he played in the Madagali killings and the abduction of Chibok girls. “I and Abu Hafsat, another commander, led other squads to abduct Chibok girls. We led the operations to invade Gwoza, Bama, Limankara mobile barracks, Bita, Bosso, Madagali, Chibok, Pulka, Firgi and Mubi,” he confessed.
“In Madagali, which is my home town, Adam Vitiri, Abu Adam, Habu Kudama and I as high ranking Boko Haram commanders, led an operation in 2014 where we killed some students and youths at the Central Secondary School in Sabon Garin Madagali,” he continued.
“In one of the operations, I abducted my wife Maryam who had two kids for me in Sambisa Forest. It is very unfortunate that I was brainwashed and misled not only on several abductions but in the killings of my own people that were innocent and I whole heartedly regret my actions. During a battle in Konduga where I and several other Boko Haram commanders got injured, I lost my right leg and was almost burnt to death, I did not stop fighting for the cause and Sheikh Shekau ordered that I should be given a tricycle which I continued to use for various operations till I surrendered”.
“I will continue to cooperate with the security agencies in providing useful information on our mode of operations and to disclose top secret hideouts of our commanders,” he concluded.