A 17-year-old Boko Haram suspect was on Tuesday paraded by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), who admitted to killing 18 people since he joined the group three years ago.
Mustapha also said he gained skill handling assault rifles, with which he executed his victims.
He said: “I was forced to join Boko Haram about three years ago.”
“Boko Haram insurgents came to our village and forcefully took many of us away. We were kept in the bush camp near Kala Balge and from there we carried out various operations, during which I personally killed 18 persons.
“I can handle all kinds of guns including AK-47 and AA (anti aircraft) rifle.”
According to the boy, the last mission he was charged with was in Maiduguri, to spy for the group, as he often did before attacks were carried out.
He, however, decided to change his mind on his way to Maiduguri.
“I was tired of killing people against my wish, so I told my two other colleagues with whom we were asked to go on a spying mission that we should abandon the mission and run.
“So I came to Maiduguri to search for my parents in the camps. But some IDPs who knew me as member of Boko Haram decided to report me to the security people,” he said.
Apparently looking unkempt, the teenager said he belonged to the Mamman Nur group of Boko Haram, adding that there were hundreds of young boys like him currently in the bush working for Boko Haram.
The Commandant of NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, paraded the young boy alongside other nine criminals who were arrested for other offences.