MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- A Boko Haram insurgent in the custody of military forces in the Nigerian northeast Borno State made confession to the journalists on Sunday.
Mustapha Ajimi told the journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital that some nationals of neighboring African states of Cameroon, Chad and Niger are among fighters in the armed sect.
He said he was compelled to join the violent group last year when his brother threatened to kill him for knowing where he kept a AK 47 rifle.
"We lived together in a house in Maiduguri where he kept his AK- 47 and I know he was a member of Boko Haram. He told me one day that I would be held responsible should soldiers arrest him or get to know where the gun is kept," he said.
"The Boko Haram as we are called are in many camps and are scattered all over the bush around Borno and Yobe states. In my camp alone, we were about 150 holding and everybody has a gun, different kinds. We also have our doctors, Mechanics and different professionals among us. They are older people in the group and they are our superiors. We got our military uniforms from Cameroon and we also have people from Cameroon, Chad and Niger republic amongst us, who are members of the group. We carry out attack together," Ajimi said.
He said he was picked up on the road at Damboa by the police on Oct. 6 after an attack and was handed over to the military, adding that his colleague insurgents left him because they thought he was dead.
"I had wanted to leave the Boko Haram sect, but I was in a difficult situation," he said.
He said they were being brainwashed by their superiors at the camp that they are "working for Allah" and would be rewarded according to their deeds.
The prisoner warned youths against joining the violent sect, adding that life in the camp was discomfiting.
Commander of the 21 Armored Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ibrahim Yusuf, said the army in the area would make recommendation to the government to grant pardon to the suspect since the suspect has already denounced the sect.
The commander said the army was willing to give safe passage to members of the sect who wanted to quit.