4 Boko Haram suspects arrested in Yobe IDP camp
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.
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