- The suspects had the sect’s tattoo on their arms and backs
- Alleged Boko Haram members have been handed over to the military for further interrogation
Four suspected Boko Haram members whose identities match those on the list of 100 most wanted terrorists released by the military over the weekend have been apprehended by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at the Maiduguri motor park.
According to Guardian, a member of CJTF, Modu Bukar said the suspected sect members were apprehended by the vigilant youths at about 7.35am while attempting to flee Maiduguri by bus.
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“These men who claimed to be travelling to the south are Boko Haram suspects, because their identities matched those on the list released by the military on Saturday, including the sect’s tattoo on their arms and backs,” Bukar said.
He said the suspects look unkempt with signs of starvation and have been handed over to the military for further interrogation.
In a similar development soldiers of the 33 Artillery brigade of the Nigerian army in Bauchi on Monday, February 29, paraded four suspected Boko Haram members among who is a suspect, Victor Moses, wanted for carrying out surveillance at the St.Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger state before it was bombed in 2012 on Christmas day, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The other three suspects arrested in the company of Victor are, Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.
According to This Day, the Brigade Commander of 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu said the suspects were arrested following information from the public.
He said: Our troops on duty in Alkaleri arrested Victor Moses after receiving report from the people in the area that the suspect, Victor Moses has been loitering around the mosque claiming that he is a Christian and want to convert to Islam but because he is not from the area, they suspected him and reported to our men.
“Victor Moses confessed that he is conducting surveillance for Boko Haram,and that sometimes he stays in the shop of Abubakar Shetima Bama who is based in Jos while the other two accomplice, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki are based in Gombe.
General Dusu said the suspects will be handed over to the Joint Intelligence Centre in Maiduguri for further interrogation.
The Nigerian Army on Saturday, February 27, launched the poster of the second batch of 100 Boko Haram most wanted terrorists.
According to information made available to Legit.ng, the new set of terrorists’ list was made public by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai during the occasion to induct the combat motorbike battalion at the headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno state.
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Buratai urged the public to look at the posters carefully, identify and report any person they can recognise.
The Nigerian Army also announced on Saturday that it had re-opened all major highways linking Maiduguri, Borno, with other parts of the country after being closed for about three years due to attacks by the extremist group, Boko Haram.
The Chief of Army, Tukur Buratai, announced this at the launch of Army Combat Motor Bikes in Damboa, headquarters of Damboa local government area of the state.