Special Forces of the Nigerian Army Unit in Gwoza, Borno State, have arrested a 13-year-old girl for spying on the military formation for the members of Boko Haram, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported.
A security source said the soldiers who picked up the girl were said to be stunned when they found an AK 47 assault rifle in her residence.
It was further gathered that the girl led the soldiers to three other girls who were also said to have been recruited by Boko Haram to spy on military formations.
However, the source did not say whether the soldiers found any lead in the residents of the other girls said to be undergoing interrogation.
It was further stated that there were fears in security circles that the insurgents might have embarked on the recruitment of innocent children to get information on military formations for possible attacks.
The source added that the military was also concerned that some of the abducted girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, who have been in the custody of the insurgents since April could be indoctrinated for such dangerous assignments.
The source said: “Do you know what is happening now in Gwoza? There are signs now that the insurgents may be using young girls to spy on military formations in the area.
“This week, soldiers arrested a 13-year-old girl for spying on a military formation in Gwoza. When the girl was arrested and questioned, she took the soldiers to three other girls who are also spying for the insurgents.
“The girls are being interrogated. In fact, there are concerns that those people might use some of those Chibok girls for such a dangerous mission when they are eventually released.”