Paul Obi in Abuja
Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east on Sunday arrested a member of the sect and four kidnappers in Yobe State.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said: “Troops of Forward Operation Base, Fika, on routine patrol earlier today, arrested a suspected fleeing Boko Haram terrorist, named Bala Ibrahim aged 30 years at Fika.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the the suspect is an indigene of Bulabulin village, Fika Local Government Area, Yobe State. He is further being interrogated.
“Similarly, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Yuga on blocking position, today, following a tip-off from well meaning individuals, ambushed and arrested 4 suspected kidnappers at Mundu village.”
According to Usman, “The suspects, Yahaya Auta, aged 25; Salisu Lawal, aged 20 years; Umar Mohammed, aged 18 years; and Samaila Abubakar were found to be in possession of 1 locally made six loader single barrel gun, 1 empty cartridge, 2 machetes, a knife, 2 mobile telephone handsets, 2 packets of Tramol tablets and the sum of three hundred and sixty naira, while on their way to commit crime. They are also currently being further investigated.”