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How SSS Mistook Me For Boko Haram Terrorist- Corps member

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This is the true life story of Comrade Bishir Dauda Sabuwar Unguwa Katsina, as he narrates how the State Security service (SSS) arrested and mistook him, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps' (NYSC) in place of a member of the

 dreaded Boko Haram sect.
'I am a Batch 'A' corps' member with state code: 11A/0559 serving in Taraba state. I left my place of primary assignment on the 10th of February, 2012 and headed for Jalingo to attend the Passing Out Parade (P.O.P.) but not aware that it was later suspended due to security situation.

'So on my arrival in Jalingo, I lodged in Liberty Motel, room 12. I have been there until 13 th February, 2012 when around 2:00pm some two persons stormed my room and demanded my I.D. cards.

'These men had identified themselves as SSS, so without wasting time I showed them my I.D. card, yet they were still suspicious, thus they paraded me to the NYSC headquarters to confirm whether I am really on service as a corps' member.

'And having arrived there, I was confirmed by no one but our state coordinator Hajia Zainab A.Isah. Then they told her that they suspected me to be a member of Boko Haram because they heard me talking over the phone in the mid-night hour, even calling names like Kabiru Sokoto and discussing issues bordering on Boko Haram

'Therefore, they took me to their office at the Police Headquarters, Jalingo, for further interrogation, there I told them that I have no business with Boko Haram and I don't know anything about the organization apart from what I read in newspapers and heard over the electronic media.

'Again, I told them the reason why they overheard me discussing Boko Haram in the mid-night, that we had a group on Facebook called MURYAR TALAKA (VOICE OF MASSES) and we normally hold phone conference which we do it free on MTN Network and everyone knows that the conference begins from 12:30am to 4:30am.

'At the end, they let me go after taking my statement and however I gave them some money, although I don't have any evidence to prove it.

'Now I wish the world will see the kind of security we had in Nigeria. I am sure there are many innocent people who are not lucky like me that are now wrongly detained by either SSS or C.I.D.

'This might also be the reason why people of Maiduguri and other states that have security problems are complaining about high-handedness of our security agents and that is why citizens are not given the state security full support and cooperation.'