Troops Arrest Another Nine Suspected Boko Haram Collaborators

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The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said yesterday that Nigerian troops have arrested another nine suspects said to be supporting the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in the North-east Zone, bringing the number of those caught in the last two days to 30. In press a statement issued yesterday by the army spokesman, the suspects included two officers, two soldiers, two policemen and 26 civilians were said to have been arrested.

Usman said investigation conducted on the 21 suspected collaborators and saboteurs earlier arrested led to the arrest of the nine. “Many more suspects would be arrested and prosecuted based on evidences against them and level of culpability,’’ he said.

The army spokesman described the suspects as unpatriotic elements whose criminal acts were likely to jeopardise the collective efforts of clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists. He advised members of the public to report any known or suspected illegality with regards to Operation Lafiya Dole to security agencies.