A “spiritual book” purportedly used by Boko Haram to indoctrinate new members has been discovered by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Ibrahim Abdullahi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
The book, which was written in Arabic, was said to have been discovered during a recent operation by NSCDC operatives at an abandoned house in Dikwa local government area of Borno.
Abdullahi said Boko Haram followers were – through the book – made to believe that they were invisible and are protected from gun shots and bombs.
“It is sad that many innocent souls had been dragged into submitting to Boko Haram through spiritual indoctrination.”
“The book, named ‘Guduma’, was used by the insurgents as a powerful charm to indoctrinate followers into submitting to the dictates of leaders of the sect.”
“Our findings revealed that the book was also used in deceiving victims and members of the sect into believing that it could make them invisible and also offer protection against bullet shots and bombs.”
“The spiritual book was abandoned by ‘Boko Haram’ after the takeover of Dikwa from the insurgents, two years ago.”