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We’re lured into Ansaru terror group with trip to Libya, better life –Suspects
Nine suspected members of the Jama ’ atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis- Sudan (aka Ansaru ) have said they were lured into joining the terror group with promises of a trip to Libya and a better life .
The suspected terrorists were recently arrested by operatives of the Inspector – General of Police Intelligence Response Team .
They were Mustapha Aminu (23 ) , Saidu Aminu (26 ) , Aminu Shuaibu ( 33 ), Yusuf Abubakar ( 24 ) , all from Kaduna State .
Others were Ishak Khalid (30 ) , Awal Tela ( 34 ), and Abubakar Mustafa ( 32 ) from Plateau State , Abubakar Muhammad ( 25 ) from Kano State , and Shuaibu Ahmadu (25 ) from Katsina State .
The IRT said the terror group was responsible for the kidnapping of two expatriates , a Jordanian and Syrian working with Triacta Nigeria Limited at Shiroro , Niger State on December 9 , 2019 .
The group was said to have collected a ransom of N120 m before releasing the captives . Gang members were reportedly given between N200 , 000 and N300 , 000 each .
Gang leaders , one Aliyu Sokoto and Mus’ ab , also reportedly sent a threat email to the company ’ s managing director seeking a yearly payment of N50 m to stop kidnapping the company ’ s expatriates .
The police also said the group was responsible for the kidnapping of the Magajin Garin Daura in Katsina State and the attack on Mothercat Construction Company .
Speaking to City Round during the week, Mustapha recounted that his father handed him over to one Mamoud, who taught him how to shoot and drive their operational vehicles .
He said , “My job was to run errands until I was able to travel to Libya for training . I normally assisted them to buy food and sometimes watch over the people that were kidnapped .
“ When I was converted , they told us we were fighting against the Nigerian government . They made us believe that when we took over Nigeria , our families would become millionaires and own houses in Abuja . I was placed on N100 , 000 monthly allowance . ”
Mustapha ’ s elder brother, Saidu , said he was 17 years old and in his final year in secondary school when his father , a member of the group who was arrested by the police last year , asked him to withdraw from school and join the terror gang .
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“ As soon as I was converted in 2015 , I was sent to Libya for training . I was supposed to be in the field, so my training was more of how to survive during a war . They told us that if we were trained there, we would experience real fighting between the government and our members. I was there for just six months before I had an accident and they had to cut two of my fingers .
“ I was driving our operational jeep when I unknowingly fell into a ditch . They said I could not continue with my training , so I was sent back home . Back in Nigeria , I was told to go and learn how to sew clothes and that I would assist them when the need arose . By this , no one would suspect that I belong to the group . They would send money to my account and I would help them buy items that they needed to survive in the bush , ” he said .
Shuaibu , 29 , said he was enticed to the group by one Mamoud sometime in 2015 while they prayed at the mosque .
He said , “After prayers, we would hang out and discuss life . I was a member of the Izala Muslim Movement and we normally gathered for prayers and to listen to lectures from the imam . Mamoud was the one that told me about Ansaru and that I would make more money if I became a member . He explained to me that we were fighting the cause of Allah and I would also have the opportunity to travel to Libya .
“ Three years ago , I was one of the members who were drafted to go to Libya to assist in fighting against their government . On getting to Libya , I was drafted to work at their clinic . ”
Meanwhile , the IRT has said investigations were ongoing and that efforts were in progress to arrest the remaining members of the terror group .
The team said the suspects had confessed to the crimes while 204 rounds of AK- 47 live ammunition , military uniforms , vehicles , drugs , foodstuffs , and charms were recovered from them.