The Punch Interview: "I Told The Inspector General Of Police In Advance That Abuja Would Be Bombed," Says Boko Haram Leader

By Agency Reporter

Boko Haram Leader Speaks

What is Boko Haram about?

Our aim is to spread Islam all over Nigeria, that is our mission and I want people to understand that our correct name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad. Those calling our group Boko Haram do so to discredit the group and its ideas. It was formed at three fundamental levels.

The first level from which our group emerged was from people in this country who, for selfish reasons, recruited young people and sometimes children and sent them overseas for education. In reality, these people are totally ignorant of the reasons why these big men take them abroad. In the name of education, these young men are taken to mostly Arab countries and turned into militants who respect only those who sponsored them abroad. Those big men who sponsor these youths don’t have any conscience and no love for this country. 

It all started in 2004 when the Government of Mauritania fell.

It is similar to what is happening in Libya now, though slightly different. When the government in Mauritania fell in 2004, some individuals from that country came into Nigeria to recruit some youths as mercenaries to join forces with them to overthrow the government in power.

The second level of our membership is made up of young men who were recruited by our late leader, Mohammed Yusuf. Yusuf was approached by some people from Mauritania to recruit more Nigerians to continue with the struggle in Mauritania. The grounds were that these young people were being recruited to further their Islamic studies. They were to serve as a support group to the Mauritanian army. But our leader Mohammed Yusuf rejected the plan. But a number of Nigerian big men who were involved in the Mauritania struggle were angry with Yusuf. This led to a disagreement which pitched the young men loyal to Yusuf against those backing the big men. Yusuf, however, insisted on genuine Islam whereas those opposing him were mercenaries who were willing to serve their master’s interest in Mauritania.

At what point did they leave perfect Islam and become violent? 

Whatever I am telling you now I have already made available to the SSS when they arrested me. There was a misunderstanding within the group and this disagreement was between those who received military training in Mauritania and those who were loyal to Yusuf. The SSS infiltrated our ranks and began to arrest many of those who were militants. However, as they were arrested some big men moved in to ensure that the court released them and they came back causing more problems within our group.

In 2009 the disagreement developed into a crisis in areas where our group was spreading Islamic ideals. I was in charge of our operations in Bauchi, Gombe and Plateau. The crisis was more in Bauchi State, in two locations and in Kano in one location. In Bauchi, a group began to lay claim to a mosque that was built by our group. This caused a major crisis again and a young girl was kidnapped in Bauchi and taken to Borno State. Our group was fingered but we told one intelligence officer, Bala, who was investigating the case that her relations took her to Borno and if the issue was not handled well it could cause a crisis. The SSS directed us to contact the Commissioner of Police in Borno State to secure the girl’s release. We were still in the process when the Bauchi State governor directed that members of our group should be driven away from the state. That was how our people started to resist the forced evacuation and the crisis with the government spread to Borno State. In fact, the crisis began in Bauchi and not Borno.

Anytime there is a bombing in Nigeria Boko Haram claims responsibility, for example, four times in Borno Police headquarters and the UN office in Abuja.

Yes, we bombed some of those places you mentioned. Remember I told you that some of our members were recalled from military training in Mauritania. Among them were three specialist in bomb making.

When this crisis began I made a move to the authorities advising that the arrest of Boko Haram members would not bring an end to the crisis. I suggested that the government should stop the arrest and release those already arrested. Let me repeat it today, government should rebuild houses, mosques and schools demolished in Bauchi and Borno states. Government should not interfere in the genuine worship of our group and ensure justice for all. If these are not in place, I predict that the Nigerian situation may become like what is happening in Somalia.

I give this warning because many of those young men who went to Mauritania are being attracted back home because of the violent situation brought by the present crisis.

When I gave my advice, the police chased and arrested me, and kept me in detention. Before I was detained, I gave the police the video recordings of how some of our members were being given military training, but the IGP ordered that I should be detained. I was left in detention for 10 months. 

But those things that I warned about are playing out today. While I was in detention, I was in contact with our people and I still gave forewarnings to the authorities about attacks. I even told them beforehand whenever an operation was to take place. The bombing of the police headquarters had been planned and on many occasions I had always told them in advance.

In fact, Bala had helped the police because each time I got in touch with him he worked to avert the attacks. If not, the police headquarters would have been bombed before now. Three days before the attack I warned the police that there would be an attack in Abuja that would embarrass the security authorities. Also, after the bombing of the police headquarters, I was summoned before the IGP and given a GSM phone. I called the person who planned and led the attack and we spoke right in front of the IGP. So, all these terror attacks are caused by the negligence of government.

Since I was released from detention, I have rejoined my group and some of us have warned our members to stick to the original ideals of our leader, Yusuf. He did not tell us to kill innocent people or to break into and steal from banks. If there is a conflict between the faithful and the authorities our opposition should be against the authorities and not the talakawas.

There are allegations that Boko Haram is being sponsored by some top level politicians, is it true?

The truth is that politicians are the root cause of this Boko Haram problem. For instance, in Borno State, the governor sponsors a group of armed youths known as ECOMOG. It is this ECOMOG that the governor formed and looks after, above the police, SSS and other security agencies. In Gombe State, the governor has the Kalari. I was once contacted by a governorship candidate to kill an opponent for a fee. The security agencies know what I am telling you.

In Bauchi there is the Tarafuka, an armed group sponsored by the government, and the government watches on, even when we have the SSS and police. That is why our new leader, Mallam Abubakar Shekau, is calling on the youths to disregard all government in the country – a call that has brought him and the group into conflict with the government. Some politicians are now taking the advantage of the conflict between the Boko Haram leadership and the authorities to execute their own agenda.

Did Boko Haram bomb the United Nations Office in Abuja?

I would not answer the question of whether Boko Haram bombed the UN building or not for some reasons.

Did Boko Haram bomb the Police headquarters in Abuja?

Yes, we bombed the police headquarters in Abuja. I told you earlier that when the bombing of the Police headquarters happened I called the person who led the attack, I was in front of the IGP. Yes, we bombed the police headquarters in Abuja. They asked me why we bombed the police headquarters and I told him (IGP) in his presence that it was because of his statement in Maiduguri that the days of Boko Haram were numbered.

Why does Boko Haram bomb army barracks and attack police and security operatives? What do they do to affect Islam or the work of Boko Haram?

It is because of the indiscriminate killing of our members and innocent people by the police without trial. They arrest innocent people harass and shoot them and the authorities do nothing about it. Why should we then leave the police?

Boko Haram is asking for Sharia in all the Northern states, and the states have Sharia, so what is the problem again?

I have been waiting for this question. I was in detention when it was said that Boko Haram had threatened to turn the entire North of the country into a Sharia state. Since I came out of detention have you heard that Boko Haram is threatening to turn the whole of Nigeria into an Islamic nation? The truth is that those spreading such information are just lying against us. What we are demanding is that those states that have independently declared their states Sharia states should implement it to the letter. Have you seen Sharia cut the hand of someone who steals a cow head, while someone who corruptly enriches himself is left to go free? They have chased away local prostitutes and brought in international red light prostitutes to replace them. They have also banned local alcoholic drinks, yet they drink imported spirits in their respective government houses. Is that Sharia? They are insincere, so they must be effective in the implementation of Sharia. Sharia is being abused. I pity this country. Mauritania does not have any wealth they exported Boko Haram into Nigeria. Now, Libya has money and wealth but have collapsed. Who says that these countries would not bring something worse than Boko Haram into Nigeria?

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Go to skool

Mr. u dont know wat u are sayin. U think without oil people will never survive right? Ok,take ur knife and start dividing the country if u can. For ur information,the estimated oil reserve in the delta area cannot build a city like Abuja for u in the south! So we hav nothing 2 loose. Keep on makin a hell of noise while ur leaders are busy enjoyin themselve in mansions in Abuja while u decompose in d creeks. Freak.


Allahu AKbar Kabiran, The prophet of islam said when you see something remove it with your hand,if its not possible say it i.e by preaching, or you denied it in your heart so why all this killing it will not help matter.

The use of violence can NEVER

The use of violence can NEVER be the solution to any problem. Yes it can solve problems in the short term, but the long term effects of violence would be terrible. Islam, Christianity and all other religions are all formed on the fundamental platforms of peace, love and understanding of diverse groups. Who are you to decide how people should govern their lives, by enforcing what 'you' believe on a fragile mind? Is that even still Islam? No two hands are the same. Equality and individual freedom is key. When we wake up and realize that our problems in Nigeria are not caused by the politicians or the elites, but by us (for letting it get this bad), then there could be a possibility for stable social development for each citizen of Nigeria. We need to look beyond religion, culture and ethnicity in order to live together and appreciate the differences in one another. I'm Nigerian and very proud of that fact. 'Don't complain about dirt, if you are not ready to pick up a broom.'


@Toyin Adekunle

You need to know history well before talking against islam. For your information, is the Xtians that commit massacre during crusade in the 14th and 15th century... You should also know that Xtians colonized africans with gun in one hand and the bible on the other...

Fear "God"

But my opinion is that, what ever boko haram are doing is not part of islam.

Rot in hell

U av said wat will b ur ruin in dis world n d here afta.. May d cause of d Almighty b opon u for d rest of ur lyf.. Our prophet is a noble one and he is nt a cult leader as wekeadly claim. U fool!


my advise to you as a leader of Boko Haram is to do your islamic home work properly. Do not believe in revenge, leave everything to God Almighty to judge and work only on purity. Your mission to purify islam as a clean religious should be your focus. Speak to your Marituana trainee to stop violence against their nation. Let them build better nation, better people and Godly minded people.


since they want all nigeria to be muslim,is not possible,nigeria will soon divided into 3 part by God grace.they old biafiria for ibos and rest east tribes,south west ,mid west and norther chistian will form the 2 part,then norther muslim can have there own pure muslim country without us and our oil.the arab bin laden what so ever can feed them.

Grammatical suicide

Pls u better go back to school and learn English before u criticise Islam. What u wrote is full of grammatical assasination e.g. 'rise up'.

'Intelligence' , what intelligence ?

To imagine that the intelligence network in Nigeria would be unaffected by the national malaise of corruption at all levels of govt is to display an incalculable measure ignorance about the failure of security in Nigeria and by extension the failure of governance. We have'state sponsored'criminality in Nigeria where State governors fund death squads to kill political opponents and walk away free. DIA,NIA,SSS and Police intel. have all been players in the game of abuse of office and self enrichment that Nigeria has come to be known for worldwide.The travesty of our nation today, is that GEJ's inability to understand that'security'to life and property is his number one responsibility, without which there cannot be economic development leaves too much to be desired.Criminality,legitimized by those in public office is the order of the day in Nigeria and it's ripple effect in diverse ways is what we see around us.Intelligence,what intelligence ? They all blinded by the cancer of corruption.

"I Told The Inspector General Of Police In

It is a pitiable situation for our country Nigeria to have these kind of human beings who vaguely have the knowledge of religion. How can such a person say with contempt all these things he said. What is the might of our SSS? Are they really up to anything? How can certain group of people hold the country to ransom without our security services taking the right measures in curbing these mess. These things should be taken seriously. They can go further.

Boko Haram

People like the writer above cause problem in this country, his ignorant about Islam had made him to say all rubbish about true religion of GOD. Instead of him discussing the real social and political problem affecting our nation,he was busy castigating Islam.The problem we have in this country is our insincere leaders.

God's curse be upon you and your generations.

God's curse be upon you and your generations. You will never see peace in your life. Boko haram or not, you got not to begin shower your ignorant but iconalised but unthinkable and unwarranted programmed sentimental behavioral atrocity. Hell shall be your abode.

I think u ar sick.hell fire

I think u ar sick.hell fire shall b ur abode

Just read!

Saying that Islam is evil is an understatement, otherwise, why does Iran want to kill a Christian cleric? The poor man accepted Christ and has refused to renounce and they have condemned him to death, you can read the full story on BBC, They are worried because of the increasing numbers of house churches in Iran, hence they want to use Yusuf Naderkhani as an example, just as they are worried because of the rising numbers of churches in Nigeria hence Boko Haram. Islam is nothing but a satanic cult, and the paedophile Muhammad (pieces upon his dick) is the cult head, it is a cult that propagates through fear, intimation and sword. Tufiakwa, Allah kiyaye!!! I would rather be a pagan than to be a Muslim.

Re: Bokoharam

is the issult on the niger deltans. you have your hausas in our niger delta people walking freely with thier cows, and you are here insulting niger delta for a man saying some facts

boko haram

Haba this is blue murder of truth.He can't be a boko haram member his physical attributes is more of this criminals in Niger delta,we need to be careful with all sort of sponsored people claiming to know,if we don't want to miss or lost focus.

why are u so duly that u

why are u so duly that u can't differentiate btw truth and lies, if u know what islam preach u won't been saying all that rubish.

boko haram or Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad..

If Prophet Muhammad came back to this world, the "So called Muslims" would stone him to death. The religion the majority follow today has nothing to do with the Islam preached by Abraham and Muhammad. Everything the "So called Muslims" do is wrong:

Please see..
(Killing whomever they consider an apostate.. See quran 2:256, 4:90, 10:99)

(Stoning the adulterers to death? See Quran 24:2)

(Killing one who drinks alcohol for the 4th time.. 2:256, 18:29)

(Polygamy to substitute a younger wife is an abuse of God’s law in 4:19)

(Maximum freedom for the people:— freedom of religion, expression, to travel, and freedom of economy.. Quran 2:256, 10:99, 88:21-22).

(Unity among the people.. Quran 2:62 :- Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who believes in GOD and the Last Day, and leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve)

Tishua and his faceless group

Tishua and his faceless group members should not play the role of a god. They should know that they cannot help our great God neither can they fight for Him.He will do it when and if He wants to.


The only thing i agree is that some of the Northern Governors are responsible for the emegergence of the terrorists.
In Borno; Sherriff had ECOMOG thugs
In Bauchi: Yuguda has his thugs
In Gombe: Goje had yan kalaare.
In Plateau : Jang has the Birom savage terrorists who apsrt from killing Hausa Fulani and stealing their cattle now engage in cannibalism on the bodies of their hausa fulani victims.
Most people suspect it is the thugs that metamophose to Boko Haram. If Nigeria has good leadership all thse Governors would have been in prison but since most are PDP the problem will continue.

All this is result of greedy

we blame all this problem, on greedy, mismanagement,corruption and all injustice that is happening in Nigeria. Our leaders have failed our people. The denied our people all opportunity, pursueing of happiness and basic necesity of life. This anti ruling class called leader have brought Nigeria down. The great country with a lot of potencial, were ruling by unvisionary leaders. Nigeria a country were a voiceless people were denied justice and liberty. They let many generation of our people into exile. Home become home of exile for many of us. Many children of this politician where in the best school in all over the world. While the children of poor have to died of starvation. Shame on this maggot called leaders. Boko haram pick up arm against their oppressors, Kanuri , are very humble and lay back people with humility. Now the become a rabel with a cause. We dont need to be abusing each other, that will not solve the problem of injustice and abuse of power in Nigeria.

Thumb's up for Deri, i can't believe it is u.

Deri surprisely begin to detach feelings from his comments. We all knew that Nigeria governors always employed the use of thugs during elections. But in the last election, there was no serious opposition to ACN in SW and PDP in SE/SS hence the terror of thugs were mild. But in the north, all the PDP governors were so obviously scare of loosing to CPC so they went extra miles in training their thugs with the skills to kill. The killings in the north as we approached the last governorship election were ochestrated by these governors. They had caused chaos and perfected ways to be reelected. Deceiving the public with the impression that the party without a single governor before election is being blame for the mayhem. They rode on blood to come to power. They will roast and expose themselves IJN.

jonathan is obama of africa.boko haram bewarn

if malam tishau can open this can of worms,sss,police,army,should work with this man to unravel the evil mind in our society.boko haram should allow jonathan to work.hope these big men are not sponsoring them against jonathan govt.jonathan is obama of africa.he wil bring smile to peoples faces,be u xtian or muslim.joint security taskfoece should flush out this religion thug.


enough of this charade, names should be called and people fingered. thats when we will believe. all of this is balderdash. too many holes in the STORY

Boko haram interview

When do we tell ourselves the truth? how on earth will a citizen comes out and say he knows the people that bomb the police HQ and we are applueding him? If he knows this people he should provide them if the authorities concerned are not the people aiding their operations. It is a pity.

it smacks of crass ignorance

it smacks of crass ignorance for one to generally condemn a religion and it's adherents simply because of the misdeeds of a negligible few. Read european history about the inquisition and the religious sectarian crisis in brer read pls

Conspiracy of Top Security Agents & Islamic Leaders!!!!!!!!

Boko Haram are misguided & confused religious miscreants. They are criminals & murderers. What right to they have to force anybody to accept their religion or practise Sharia? Why should they destroy human souls that they cannot create? If their Allah indeed is alive, why can't they allow Allah to fight for himself and convert people to his religion? They have no right to force any Nigerian to become a Muslim. They need to be educated on this simple human right to choose how a person likes to live his life. When did they see Christians or Traditional religionists killing people to force them to be converted to their religions?

Moderate and good Muslims in Nigeria should rise up against the 14th century religious practice of Boko Haram. The truth must be told; if top security agents who are Muslims and top Islamic leaders rise up with patriotism against them, they will melt away but many of them take pleasure in what Boko Haram are doing.

Negligence & Lawlessness

i have always agreed with those who see our beloved country as lawless nation, whose govt has no regard for human lives. This member of Boko Haram revelations about the inertia of fed. govt. & its so called secutiry agencies has led to the loss of innocent lives. If the authorities had acted swiftly when it received intelligence that the Police Hdq. will be bombed, the nation would have been spared the embarassment.

For the sake of peace, the govt. should take remedial/ palliative mesaures to douse this reckless killings of innocent Nigerians now that suggestions for peace had been given by this Boko Haram Kingpin being interviewed, since the govt . is desirous of negotiating with the group.

Not doubt the country is

Not doubt the country is going through a phase I do not know how best to describe. In any case, there is the urgent need that the government of Nigeria accelerate a workable security procedure or protocol, by having a database of all Nigerians and a complete record of all foreigners in our land, the inflow of foreign nationals should be proper documented; this is where the Immigration and Customs activities should be enhanced. No doubt our borders are porous, they should be properly manned with our personnel around the clock. The government should establish a counter-terrorist unit linked to our national database. Also, the Unit when established should work in collaboration with other relevant security agencies and also share information with Foreign CTU.

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