Sunday, 21 February 2016
Nigerian military arrests, interrogates Boko Haram suspects
Two suspected Boko Haram terrorists who sneaked into the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Borno state have been arrested by the Nigerian military.
The two men, Audu Umar and Hassan Umar were nabbed by the Nigerian troops after smuggling themselves into the camp of the displaced persons brought in from Pulka to Gwoza.
According to PR Nigeria, the suspects are undergoing thorough investigations by the military and intelligence operatives.
The Nigerian military, on the other hand, says it is yet to confirm the arrest of Boko Haram kingpin, popularly known as Bashir Sarkin Yanka, meaning “Bashir the King of Slaughter.”
The Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in Konduga local government area of the state had said that they had arrested the notorious Boko Haram kingpin, who had been feigning to be Abubakar Shekau in several videos on the social media.
But Air Commodore Dele Alonge, the spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole in the northeast, informed that the military cannot confirm the arrest of Shekau’s actor, adding that the military has sustained its counter-insurgency attacks as some insurgents have been eliminated.
“As you are aware, the Nigerian military has succeeded in routing out terrorists from some of their hideouts in the North-East and in the process some were eliminated and others have been arrested.
“We cannot at the moment provide the identities of those in our custody or in other places until after we have conducted thorough investigations,” he noted.
Just about two days ago, reports emerged of two suicide bombers who killed at least 19 people and injured 50 others in a market in Meme, northern Cameroon.
While AFP reported that the identities of the suicide bombers to be males, Reuters claims they were female bombers.
It was gathered that the two suicide bombers walked into the market and blew themselves up.