The Nigerian Army has said men of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ in the North East arrested a top Boko Haram Commander in the home of the Caretaker Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Shettima Lawan Maina.
According to sources, Maina was also arrested for hiding (name withheld) the commander in his house at 1000 housing estate along Maiduguri- Damaturu- Kano Road.
The incident according to sources living at the same estate with the Chairman did not come to them as a surprise following the capture of Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of insurgents by troops that led to so many of the terrorists escaped to various places for safety.
Mafa Local Government is east and about 40 kilometres drive from Maiduguri the state capital which had witnessed series of deadly attacks by insurgents, before it was liberated by the military December 22.
A resident and neighbours of Maina said the military and some security operatives stormed the house after getting an intelligence report that the top Boko Haram commander had sneaked into the house for safety.
Already the source said, both the top Boko Haram Commander and the Chairman are detained in a military facility to enable thorough investigation as to how a wanted terrorist will sneak into the house of the Chairman.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku’s phone lines could not be reached.
However, a top security officer who is not authorized to talk to the press confirmed the incident, stating that “the arrest and capture of the Caretaker Chairman and the wanted Boko Haram commander took place on Friday night following a tip off”.