Muhammad Sani Sidi, director-general, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, says 22 out of the 12,000 Nigerians deported from the Cameroons are Boko Haram insurgents.
He spoke at the Safe School Initiative Technical Committee, in Adamawa state.
The alleged insurgents were reportedly identified by marks found on their bodies, which are exclusive to the sect’s members. Sidi’s comment suggested many others of the sect’s members could be among the deported people camped at the Internally displaced centre, at Mubi, Adamawa state. “Ninety per cent of these returnees are from Borno with a lot of Boko Haram elements among them. We arrested 22 of them yesterday who were actually planning an attack, they were identified with a mark inscribed on their backs with hot iron in form of tattoos”, Sidi stated.
“The mark on their backs indicates that they are ready to die,” Sidi said.
He added that there were 23 residential camps in Borno and that the state government planned to open more as the number of displaced persons was increasing.”