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.