Boko Haram commander arrested…inside refugee camp

from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN troops have arrested a man believed to be one of the most wanted Boko Haram commanders.

He has been arrested inside a refugee camp northeast of the country.

The suspect, named as Maje Lawan, is 96th on the list released by the army in 2015, consisting of 100 wanted terror suspects. Factional leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, is the most wanted.

It is suspected Lawan had infiltrated the refugee site in the Banki area of Borno State.

“The suspect is currently undergoing preliminary investigation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” said Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations.

He urged the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious people to law enforcement agents.

In another development, troops deployed under the Operation Lafiya Dole (Peace by Force) this past weekend killed two Boko Haram terrorists at a village in Borno.

An unspecified number of suspects fled.

Ten bicycles were recovered from the suspects during the encounter.

“The public is hereby advised to report any suspicious movements or activities to the security agents for necessary action,” Chukwu said.

Boko Haram, the armed Islamist group, is involved in a violent campaign to overthrow the Nigerian government.

It has killed tens of thousands, displaced 2,3 million people from their homes and was ranked as the world’s deadliest terror group in 2015.
– CAJ News

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