Nigerian soldiers patrol in an Otokar Cobra APC in the volatile northeastern city of Maiduguri
PHOTO CREDIT: WASHINGTON POST
12 August, 2013
IN their renewed hunt for the fleeing Boko Haram sect members in Borno State, the military Joint Task Force (JTF) and members of the Borno Vigilance
Youth Group (BVYG) Sunday captured
five terror suspects, including two
women, who hid rifles in their hijabs
(veils) in Dala and Hausari wards of
The two arrested in Hausari area,
according to a vigilance youth, are
informants of the Islamist terrorists
group and had allegedly been collecting
information on the activities of JTF and
the youth in Maiduguri.
Chairman of BVYG, Abubakar Mallum,also told The Guardian Sunday that the two women arrested in Dala were travelling in a tricycle to launch attack in Shehuri North and Kofa Biyu wards, before the youths dispossessed them of their rifles hidden under their veils.
According to Mallum, “our boys were on
their routine patrols of Dala and Bulunkutu areas when the suspected
women and a 25-year old person were
caught and arrested this (Sunday)
morning at about 9.45 a.m. The three suspects and two others arrested in Shehuri North were handed over to the JTF sector commanders in Dala and Shehuri for further investigation, he said, adding that the role of the youths in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in this state is to ascertain the true identities of sect members before their arrest and hand them over to security agencies.
He noted that some of the fleeing
insurgents, who relocated to neighbouring Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and
Adamawa states, as well as Cameroun
and Chad, were regrouping to return to
Meanwhile, spokesman of Borno Police
Command, Gideon Jibrin, confirmed the
arrest of five suspects who were handed over by the vigilance youths yesterday morning, including the two women.