The Nigerian Army has, on Wednesday, disclosed that about 963 persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have been arrested between Jan. 4 and Jan. 9 during a wipe off operation.
The statement was revealed through Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, at the weekly review of the Operation Rescue Final at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.
“On Jan. 3 at about 1240hrs, 4 women and 13 children were apprehended by vigilantes at Buni Yadi and were later handed over to our troops.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the women were wives of Boko Haram terrorists who fled from Sambisa forest as a result of our operations. All suspects are in our custody undergoing investigation.
“On Jan.9, a surrendered Boko Haram member was identified as a male sympathiser and spy in Monguno area: We also identified two wives of Amir (Boko Haram Commander) from the arrested members”.
Four other suspects were arrested at Shuwari Village following a tip off on Jan. 5 with the support of the Joint Task force.
“During preliminary investigation, some local witnesses identified Auwami as one who provided medical treatment to injured terrorists.
“The other three suspects claimed they were abducted by the terrorists and that they only spent few days in their camps”.
According to him, all suspects are now in the Army’s custody and undergoing further interrogation.
Moreover, Maj. Gen Irabor asserted that the suspects all confessed to be members of the Boko Haram terror group and claimed to have come to town to buy Tramadol tablets. According to him, they were arrested with 27
sachets of Tramadol tablets, three
sachets of Cowbel chocolate and the sum of N5,000.
Maj. Gen. Irabor also included that, during the time frame, about 119 Nigerian IDPs were handed over to Nigerian Troops by Camerounian forces.