Men of the vigilante (Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF) have arrested a Boko Haram kingpin, Jarasu Shira in Damboa, Borno state.
Boko Haram Kingpin, Shira, who was reportedly on his way to Lagos was arrested this morning at about 8.30am at a motor park, according to Daily Trust reports. He was arrested along with 10 other suspected members of the sect who escorted him to Damboa to connect a vehicle to Biu enroute to Lagos. More after the cut….
According to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, Shira who goes by the alias Jarido is number one on the new list of wanted men by the Nigerian military and was disguised in a cowboy outfit when he was caught. Shira is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno state.
Report has it that the suspects have been handed over to military authorities in Biu, Borno state. The vigilante group is supporting the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency. In a related development, a road side bomb reportedly went off today.
According to report, the bomb suspected to have been planted by members of the Boko Haram sect went off when a passing military vehicle stepped on it. Recall that the police arrested no fewer than 150 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Thursday, January 14, in Ondo West local government area of Ondo state. The suspects were reportedly coming from Kebbi state and heading towards Ore town in Odigbo local government area of the state before they were arrested.
On Friday, December 4, one of the 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists declared wanted by the Nigerian Army was been apprehended along the Borno-Adamawa border.