The Nigerian army on Friday disclosed that its troops have arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist.
The suspect, the Army said, was arrested at Bulabulim Ngarnam community on the fringes of Maiduguri in Borno State.
In a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, and tweeted via the Nigerian Army’s verified Twitter handle @HQNigerianArmy, the Army said: “Gallant troops of 7 Division Garrison, carrying out cordon and search operations in conjunction with troops of 195 Battalion, Mobile Policemen and CJTF in some parts of the fringes of Maiduguri, today (Friday) discovered and arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorists group member called Babagana Abubakar (aka Alagarno), hiding at Bulabulim Ngarnam community.
“He was found hiding in a room in possession of two military ballistic helmets, a pair of military desert boot, a fragment jacket, a jersey pull over, military backpack, camouflage design shorts, two voter identification cards, national identification card, amulets, camouflage T-shirts and military jungle hat.
“He has since been moved out of the area for further interrogation.”
The release added that “the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, who is also the Commander, Sector 1 of Operation Lafiya Dole, had visited the troops and conveyed the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole’s commendation to them for the painstaking efforts and professionalism.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian Army on Friday buried 14 soldiers killed in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists on December 24.
The 14 soldiers who were on escort duty were ambushed on their way back to Kaduna by the terrorists on Damaturu-Maiduguri road.
The General Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, said it was a grim day in the division and the entire Army.
“Today we are gathered here not only to mourn but also celebrate lives of service and sacrifice.
“These enthusiastic and inspiring men, exemplified the values of our nation and the military which is loyalty, courage, selfless service, respect, honour and dignity.”
The GOC added that the fallen heroes gave their lives in the service of Nigeria for the good of the Nigerian people.
“We are so very proud of them. Your labour and sacrifice will never be in vain.
“What these men represent is the quest for national defence and preservation of the aspiration of the Nigerian people,” he stressed.
To the families of the slain soldiers, Mohammed said: “Your husbands and children made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of this great country. They did not die in vain as they had given the ultimate duty to Nigeria.
“We will remember them forever as the brave soldiers.
“I want to assure you that myself and all my staff will always be there for you whenever the need arises.”
The GOC charged the troops to regard the death of their colleagues as “antidote for inspiration and determination to go all out and rid your respective Areas of Operation of kidnappers, bandits and other criminal elements.
“I want to assure you of the unwavering support of the Chief of Army Staff and the leadership of our dear nation in ensuring that you are provided with necessary equipment as well as adequate welfare to carry out your duty effectively and efficiently.”
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) presented N500,000 to the families of each of the 14 soldiers as assistance, pending the processing of their benefits.