Army Arrests Top Boko Haram Commander, N1.9m Found on IDP


A top notch Boko Haram member, Sulaiman Umaru, has been nabbed by the military.

The acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

He said the wanted terrorist, Umaru, was arrested at about 1.35pm on Friday, deep inside Sambisa forest, by troops from 143 Battalion.

His (Umaru) photograph, according to the Army, was on the poster containing the photographs of the 100 Boko Haram terrorists declared wanted by the military.

The captured Boko Haram leader has been moved to 28 Task Force Brigade Headquarters investigation, the Army said.

The army also disclosed that N1.9m was found on an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), Abacha Bulama, in Borno State, when troops from 22 Task Force Brigade Garrison, in conjunction with 112 Task Force Battalion, intercepted and screened 31 IDPs, including women and children coming from Sunabaya, Gumule, Garno and Mane-Gana villages.

The army said Bulama’s claim of being a businessman couldn’t remove the suspicion on why he carried about such a huge amount of money.

He has been detained for further investigation, while other IDPs have been handed over to Dikwa IDP Camp Manager for screening and further humanitarian assistance, the Army said.

Meanwhile, the army said the troops from 22 Task Force Brigade Garrison ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Antul, a village south east of Dikwa.

Seven soldiers were said to have been injured in the incident, while four fighters from the Civilian JTF who accompanied the troops also sustained injuries.

The injured soldiers and their civilian counterparts have been evacuated to 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services, Maiduguri, the army said.

The army said the troops killed two Boko Haram terrorists, and recovered two AK-47 rifles from them.

This is at least five soldiers have been wounded in action following an attack by Boko haram terrorists on Saturday, May 14.

It was gathered that although the troops repelled the attack, about five of their men had sustained various degrees of injuries by the terror group.

Some of the ammunition recovered from the terrorists during the attack.

A statement issued by Col. Usman, read: “Troops of 21 Brigade and rugged team of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) on Operation CRACKDOWN inside Sambisa forest while on harbour for refitting, came under Boko Haram terrorists attack at about 1.45am today (Saturday) morning.

“However, the gallant troops successfully repelled the attack. They further followed up with mopping up operations of the general area before advancing.

“They also recovered 2 corpses of the attackers and the following items; 2 AK-47 rifles, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, 5 rifle magazines, mortar bombs and a belts of Machine Gun rounds.

“Another set of ammunition recovered by the Nigerian troops. Unfortunately 5 soldiers were wounded in action (WIA), as a result of mortar fired into the harbour area by the Boko Haram terrorists. The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to the rear for treatment. “Despite this incident, the morale of the gallant troops remains very high as they are determined to successfully clear Boko Haram terrorists.”

Author: News Editor

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