The man, named as Amaechi Fred O., was detained on Wednesday in Bavaria and a day later a judge issued an arrest warrant and ordered that he be remanded in custody, the chief federal prosecutor said in a statement.
“He is strongly suspected of being a member of the foreign terrorist organisation Boko Haram,” the statement said.
It said Amaechi Fred O. was believed to have joined Boko Haram in 2013 and had admitted to actively taking part in four attacks against Nigerian civilians during his one-year membership of the group.
He is accused of killing several people during two attacks on schools and one attack on a village and taking part in another attack on a village, during which members of Boko Haram took girls as hostages and burned down a church.
Boko Haram has been trying since 2009 to establish an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, from where it has launched attacks and suicide bombings in Niger, Chad and Cameroon. More than 15,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.
The report has, however, lit up the blogosphere and social media because of the counter-intuitive nature of the suspect’s ethnicity and the sparse information contained in the report. Most of the comments were skeptical of the veracity of the report because “Amaechi” is an Igbo name and Igbos are not known to have been part of the murderous Boko Haram Islamist terror group.
A comment on the popular lindaikejisblog.com is representative of many of the reactions. “Lol, the caption made my heart flutter, I thought it is our Amaechi R , thank God. That name sound Igbo to me. So Igbo’s are also part of Boko Haram? Just asking question o.
One skeptical reader on nairaland.com quipped: “This story is not juicy enough to divert our attention from all the happenings in the country, they will need to come up with a gist on the same level as that of arresting the herdsmen …. NEXT!!!!.”
Another lindaikejisblog.com contributor concluded that “This is what I call, conspiracy theory. ‘Amaechi’ arrested in Germany. After ‘killing’ Shekau in Sambisa and turning a blind eye on mama Boko Haram. The movie is coming to an end from the look of things. Our God is working.”
Doubts have also been raised because the report did not include any picture of the alleged suspect, unlike similar stories by Reuters.