Ex-Boko Haram Commander Says He Can Make Shekau Surrender
A 32 year-old former Boko Haram Commander, Rawana Goni, has appealed to the Nigerian military authorities to allow him make a phone call to the leader, Abubakar Shekau and at least 137 other terrorists to make them surrender.
Goni, who is undergoing rehabilitation at a military detention camp in Maiduguri, said this in Maiduguri.
The former Boko Haram commander is an indigene of Bama in Borno state.
He surrendered to the military in Cameroon after escaping from Sambisa Forest eight months ago.
He claimed to have held several positions in ten different cells of Boko Haram in Sambisa.
He said the last position he held was as the Chief officer of Dispute Resolution for the group.
“I rescued people sentenced to death and minimised punishment of those who committed crimes. I am one of the most influential persons in the group and they always listened and abided by what I said.
“I joined Boko Haram because of the condition I found myself in the last five years. When the insurgents invaded Bama town, I ran with my family to Cameroon thinking I was in a safe destination. But on reaching Cameroon, I was shocked to realise that I brought myself into another Boko Haram camp. By that time, I knew I would not survive without joining the group.
Goni, who believed that the war was coming to an end, urged the military to let him tell Shekau and other insurgents that he is still alive.
“I once told them to surrender and they said we shall all get killed. But I told them that I will surrender and they said if nothing happened to me, they will all come out,” he said.
Goni commended the military for the special treatment given to inmates who surrendered.
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