4 Boko Haram sus­pects ar­rested in Yobe IDP camp

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Al­haji Musa Ji­dawa, the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary, Yobe State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA), has con­firmed the ar­rest of four in­sur­gents who at­tempted to en­ter the Pom­po­mari In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) camp in Da­maturu.

Ji­dawa told news­men yes­ter­day in Da­maturu that two sus­pects ini­tially dis­guised as vis­i­tors to see re­la­tions at the camp were ap­pre­hended.

He added that two oth­ers, who came sep­a­rately later, were also ar­rested while try­ing to en­ter the camp.

He ex­plained that “se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives and some IDPs screen­ing en­tries and exit from the camp iden­ti­fied the sus­pects, who were later con­firmed as in­sur­gents by the IDPs from their com­mu­ni­ties.”

He said that the last sus­pect came to the camp where his fa­ther, mother, wife and child were all tak­ing refuge.

The SEMA ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary said “a mem­ber of his Turo Kura vil­lage iden­ti­fied the sus­pect and raised an alarm, say­ing he be­long to the sect and the sus­pect’s fa­ther, also an IDP at the camp, con­firmed it, which led to his ar­rest.”

The sus­pect’s fa­ther, who pleaded not to be iden­ti­fied, told news­men that he nar­rowly es­caped from the son in the vil­lage when he tar­geted to kill him.

The fa­ther said “I have noth­ing to do with him; he should be ar­rested and killed just like he killed oth­ers.”

The SEMA sec­re­tary said the agency had re­in­forced se­cu­rity checks and means of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to en­sure that non-mem­bers do not slip into the camp. (NAN) Borno State Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima, head­sof­se­cu­ritya­gen­cies,She­huofBorno Abubakar Ibn Umar Gar­bai Elkanemi, Imams, dis­trict heads (Aja) and ward heads(Lawans)held acru­cialmeet­ingto ad­dress­there­cen­tat­tack­son­mosquesby in­sur­gents.

The meet­ing which held at the multi-pur­pose hall of the Gov­ern­ment House, Maiduguri, was at the in­stance of Gover­nor Shet­tima and fa­cil­i­tated by the Shehu of Borno.

The Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing the 7-Divi­sion of the Nige­rian Army in Maiduguri, the po­lice com­mis­sioner and the di­rec­tor of the DSS were in at­ten­dance.

Shet­tima told the par­tic­i­pants that sim­i­lar meet­ings would be held by the emirs of Biu and Shani who will brief imams in lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas not yet un­der­at­tack­i­norder­for­wor­ship­per­snot to be taken un­awares.

He said the in­vi­tees were care­fully se­lected be­cause of the strate­gic lead­er­ship po­si­tions they oc­cu­pied in their com­mu­ni­ties.

He said while the Imams lead wor­ship­pers dur­ing con­gre­ga­tional prayers and also head man­age­ment of var­i­ous mosques, ward heads are re­quired to en­sure that wor­ship­pers in ev­ery mosque across the over 30 wards in Maiduguri, Jere and sur­round­ing ar­eas ad­here strictly to the res­o­lu­tions reached at the meet­ing in or­der to en­hance com­mu­nity polic­ing.

He also said dis­trict heads who by tra­di­tion, co­or­di­nate and su­per­vise the ac­tiv­i­ties of ward heads un­der their ter­ri­to­ries, were in­vited to be part of the dis­cus­sions so that they also en­sure that ward heads un­der them com­ply with the se­cu­rity res­o­lu­tions by over­sight­ing imams.

Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki con­grat­u­lates wife of Sen­a­tor Lanre Te­ju­oso, Mrs Mo­jisola Te­ju­oso, dur­ing a re­cep­tion to mark her 50th birth­day in Lagos yes­ter­day. With them are, Sen­a­tor Te­ju­oso (left) and Deputy Sen­ate Leader Bala Ibn Na’Al­lah.

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