19 June 2016
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Borno said on Sunday that it had discovered a “spiritual book” suspected to be used by Boko Haram to hypnotise their victims.
The Commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, said that the book, written in Arabic, was discovered during an operation by men of the command at an abandoned house in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
He said: “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,’’ he said.