When vig­i­lantes cracked down on Boko Haram mem­bers in La­gos

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Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Blam Ali ad­mit­ted that the group as­signed him to be in charge of op­er­at­ing in farm set­tle­ments and fields and ed­u­cat­ing other newly re­cruited mem­bers, their wives and chil­dren and pre­par­ing them psy­cho­log­i­cally and ide­o­log­i­cally to adopt ter­ror­ism.

This cor­re­spon­dent also learnt that sev­eral cell phones con­tain­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about other mem­bers who had fled from the North-east were re­cov­ered from them and that of­fi­cials of the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity are cur­rently work­ing on them with a view to track­ing them down in their dif­fer­ent hide­outs.

A source close to the vigilante said Abubakar Ahmed, and Goigoi Kam­salem re­vealed that the mem­bers of Boko Haram trav­eled on foot from their dif­fer­ent bases in Borno State to Da­maturu in Yobe State be­fore they were able to board a truck head­ing to La­gos.

Abubakar al­legedly ad­mit­ted join­ing a truck car­ry­ing fresh toma­toes from Yobe to La­gos un­der the pre­tense that he was com­ing to join his un­cle.

Abubakar al­legedly dis­em­barked at Mile 12 mar­ket and that he made some money help­ing traders to carry their goods from where it was off­loaded to mo­tor parks to board ve­hi­cles.

He fur­ther said that Abubakar ad­mit­ted sleep­ing in­side Mile 12 mar­ket along with other peo­ple.

“He said that he left Mile 12 mar­ket when some of the Hausa youths started sus­pect­ing his true iden­tity. He later moved to Ish­eri area of Berger where they sell goats and cows along with other Hausa youths tend­ing live­stock,” the source added.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pect later moved to Vic­to­ria Is­land from where he was ar­rested by the vigilante mem­bers.

Head of the vigilante group, who dou­bles as the MaiKa­nuribe of La­gos and the Seriki Hau­sawa of Ijora King­dom, Al­haji Mustapha Mo­hammed, said his group em­barked on the ar­rest of sus­pected mem­bers of the sect who had fled from the North-east be­cause if they were al­lowed to re­group out­side their strong hold, they would con­sti­tute se­cu­rity threat to the peo­ple .

He said the sus­pects fled from Borno State be­cause of the heavy bom­bard­ment of their strong­hold by the mil­i­tary.

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