6 wanted B/Haram sus­pects ar­rested in La­gos

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eugene Agha, La­gos

Mem­bers of a lo­cal vig­i­lante group in La­gos have ar­rested six mem­bers of the Boko Haram in­sur­gents on the wanted list of the mil­i­tary in Bornu State.

Head of the vig­i­lante group who dou­bles as the Mai-Ka­nuribe of La­gos and the Seriki Hau­sawa of Ijora King­dom, Al­haji Mustapha Mo­hammed, told Daily Trust that the sus­pects’ iden­ti­ties marched those on the list of 100 most wanted ter­ror­ists re­leased by the mil­i­tary, and that five of the sus­pects were ar­rested on Fri­day by mem­bers of his group.

He dis­closed that the sixth sus­pect iden­ti­fied as Adam was ar­rested from where he was hid­ing in an aban­doned con­tainer in­side a church in FESTAC town. He iden­ti­fied the other five sus­pects as Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kam­salem, Ibrahim Mo­hammed and Bana­gana Blam Ali.

He said while Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kam­salem and Ibrahim Mo­hammed hail from Baga Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Borno State, Ibrahim Ali hails from Bama and Baba­gana Blam Ali from Kon­duga LGA of Borno State.

Daily Trust learnt that Ibrahim Ali and Baba­gana Blam Ali were both ar­rested by the vig­i­lantes who raided their hide­out at Ish­eri area of Berger toll gate, while Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kam­salem and Ibrahim Mo­hammed were ar­rested at Vic­to­ria Is­land area of La­gos where they had gone to stay with friends.

Mustapha Mo­hammed told Daily Trust that the sus­pects were cur­rently be­ing moved back to Borno State.

Re­veal­ing how his men got Adam, Mo­hammed said, “We got an in­tel­li­gence re­port that Adam was hid­ing in­side the con­tainer in the church premises. It was the se­cu­rity man at­tached to the church that hid him in­side the con­tainer. When we ar­rived the church premises, we headed straight to where the con­tainer was kept. The se­cu­rity man was not around then and the con­tainer was locked from the out­side with a pad­lock.

“The Pas­tor of the Church was em­bar­rassed to see us, but by the time we ex­plained our mis­sion to him, he, along with oth­ers, stood aside to see and by the time we broke open the pad­lock, be­hold Adam was hid­ing in the far cor­ner of the con­tainer. As soon as the pas­tor sighted the sus­pect, he started sing­ing praises.”

Mo­hammed who hails from Borno State but said he had lived in La­gos since 1970, said while ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists that his group was de­ter­mined to pro­tect La­gos from the car­nage of the Boko Haram sect.

He dis­closed that his group had com­menced op­er­a­tion in the state since 2011, and that Boko Haram would have suc­ceeded in bomb­ing some in­stal­la­tions in the state safe for its ef­forts, and that sev­eral sus­pects his group ar­rested in the past were ei­ther handed over to the di­rec­tor of State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS), Shangisha, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (AIG) Zone 2, or the state com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

On how the sus­pects were recog­nised as mem­bers of Boko Haram, he said, “You know we are from Borno where these peo­ple also hail from and we know their com­mu­ni­ties. Our peo­ple back home do mon­i­tor them, and once they leave Maiduguri, we would be alerted so that we can be on the look­out. Once they ar­rive any com­mu­nity in La­gos, our mem­bers are al­ways on ground to fish them out.”

Stress­ing that he had been per­son­ally fi­nanc­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of his group, Mo­hammed ap­pealed to Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode for sup­port.

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