Four persons suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists’ spies have been arrested by the headquarters of 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian army in Bauchi state.
Victor Moses, Abubakar Shettima, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Sadiq Madaki, the Nigerian army informed, were said to have been carrying out surveillance mission for the Boko Haram terrorists on target for suicide bombings or attacks.
Explaining the ordeal of the spies was Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the army spokesperson, who informed that, “on interrogation, he confirmed that he was working for an Islamic cleric in Gombe (now at large) and that their point of contact was Abubakar Shetima based in Jos.
“He confessed to casing targets for suicide bomb attacks including that of the Catholic Church Madalla, Suleja, Niger State on Christmas day, 25th December 2011.
“The accused persons who are currently undergoing further interrogation, were paraded by the Commander 33 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Abraham Dusu at the Brigade’s Headquarters, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi on Monday.”
In a related development Nigerian soldiers and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were in a jubilant mood after the troops successfully recovered Gudumbari town in Borno state from Boko Haram terrorists.
The troops under the Armed Forces Special Force (AFSF) reportedly cleared every trace of Boko Haram in Gudumbari, which houses the headquarters of Guzamala local government area of the state.
Gudumbari, one of the remote local government areas in northern Borno state, had been captured by the terrorists and was reclaimed by the military. But the insurgents took possession of the area back and became ‘landlords’ after the soldiers had left.
However, the troops rallied again on Tuesday, March 1, to recapture the place from the resilient terrorists, a development which was said to have resulted in massive celebration and jubilation in the region.
Colonel Usman, the army spokesperson, while confirming the development via a press statement, said: “It was in continuation of the clearance of the remnants of recalcitrant members of Boko Haram terrorists in the various nooks and corners of the north east, the Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) carried out successful clearance of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in Gudumbali general area.”
One of the IDPs in the area, Aisami Goni, from Guzamala also expressed his joy at the new development, saying: “we give glory to God for the good news we are hearing about soldiers’ victory over Boko Haram terrorists in Guumbari; now our hope of going back home is assured.”
The four arrested suspects may be part of those whose names and photos were released by the Nigerian army, among another set of 100 most wanted Boko Haram terrorists.
According to information made available to Naij.com, the new set of terrorists’ list was made public by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai during the occasion to induct the combat motorbike battalion at the headquarters of 25 Task Force Brigade, Damboa, Borno state.
While inducting the unit, Buratai also stated that the essence of the battalion is to open and secure motorways from various towns to and fro Maiduguri and other parts of Yobe State.