July 28, 2014

Military task force arrests suspected Boko Haram commander in Kano

Nigeria’s military on Friday said it has arrested yet another high-profile commander of the dreaded Islamic sect Boko Haram during a raid at his residence in northern Nigeria’s largest city of Kano, according to reports.

Suleiman Mohammed, an alleged Yoruba tribe member of the sect who hails from Ogbomosho in Nigeria’s southwest, was arrested at his home in Farawa Babban Layi street, along with his wife and five children.

The arrest of the high-profile suspect were confirmed by Kano’s police commissioner, Ibrahim Idris and spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha. Idris added the Joint Task Force operatives apprehended the suspect “after a tipoff by the society agencies, through the information from the general public of suspicious movement of the people into the sect leader’s house”.

Dangerous weapons were recovered during the raid, including a rifle, 10 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), three pistols and 1,000 live rounds of live ammunition.

Idris explained that no shots were fired during the raid. Security agencies believe the suspect to be the mastermind behind a recent spat of attacks, targeting security forces, Christian fellowships and other unsuspecting citizens.

Boko Haram, which translates to “western education is bad”, has waged an increasingly bloody insurgency in Nigeria, perpetrating several major attacks in the nation’s largely muslim north.

The sect has claimed responsibility for recent violent attacks targeting newspaper offices and another attack on Christian worshippers meeting on the Bayero University campus in Kano.

Over 400 people have been killed in attacks by the sect this year alone.

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