When vig­i­lantes cracked down on Boko Haram mem­bers in La­gos

Daily Trust - - EKO TRUST - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

That the dreaded Boko Haram group is fast chok­ing up due to the con­certed ef­forts of the mil­i­tary to ex­ter­mi­nate it and en­gen­der a peace­ful Nige­ria is no longer news.

What is more of at­ten­tion now are the ef­forts of lo­cal vig­i­lantes in the last one year in most Hausa com­mu­ni­ties in La­gos and Ogun states that have led to the ar­rest of over 100 sus­pected Boko Haram ter­ror­ists in the sur­burbs.

Those ar­rested are said to have fled from the the north­east­ern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa due to in­creased bom­bard­ment of their bases by the mil­i­tary.

Penul­ti­mate Fri­day, the vig­i­lantes, headed by the Mai Ka­nuribe of La­gos and the Serikin Hau­sawa of Apapa land, Al­haji Mustapha Mo­hammed, wit­nessed the ar­rest of five sus­pected mem­bers of the Boko Haram group.

Those ar­rested in­cluded Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kam­salem, Ibrahim Mo­hammed and Bana­gana Blam Ali.

The sixth sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Adam, who had car­ried out sev­eral bomb­ing op­er­a­tions in Maid­uguri and its sub­urbs was al­legedly ar­rested in a church in Fes­tac town where he was hid­ing in­side an aban­doned 40ft con­tainer.

The iden­ti­ties of all six sus­pects are said to match those on the lists of 100 most wanted ter­ror­ists re­leased by the mil­i­tary re­cently.

A mem­ber of the vigilante who spoke to Eko Trust in La­gos on con­di­tion of anonymity, said Adam had al­ready ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in the se­ries of at­tacks and killings in the North -east and had also pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to the se­cu­rity agen­cies about their plots.

The source al­leged that Adam had ad­mit­ted that he had sworn al­le­giance to Abubakar Shekau and sim­i­larly re­ceived in­struc­tions from lead­ers from within and abroad.

“One of the at­tacks he planned and had ex­e­cuted was the at­tack on Se­cu­rity Ser­vices (DSS) fa­cil­ity in Lokoja aimed at free­ing their mem­bers de­tained in Septem­ber 2015.

“Adam also ad­mit­ted, prior to the at­tack on the DSS fa­cil­ity in Lokoja, that he was or­dered to go in per­son or send a young re­cruit, to re­ceive ex­plo­sive belt or to pur­chase a ri­fle or ma­chine gun to use in the op­er­a­tions,” the source added.

Al­haji Mustapha Mo­hammed, head of the vig­i­lantes dis­closed that while Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kam­salem and Ibrahim Mo­hammed hailed from Baga Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Borno, Ibrahim Ali hailed from Bama Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Baba­gana Blam Ali from Kon­duga Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Borno State.

It was also 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.

Al­haji Mustapha said af­ter re­peated at­tempts, his group suc­ceeded in un­cov­er­ing some of the sus­pects’ hide­outs and that af­ter the ar­rest, those on the wanted list of the mil­i­tary were trans­ported back to Borno State de­spite the in­ten­sity of the ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions in the area.

He noted that the aim is to make them an­swer to charges lev­eled against them in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Goigoi Kam­salem, Ibrahim Mo­hammed and Bana­gana Blam Ali had all con­fessed that they joined the ter­ror­ist group af­ter in­cite­ment and threat from se­nior mem­bers urg­ing them to join. Con­tin­ued on next page

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