The Nigerian Army on Saturday confirmed the arrest of another suspected Boko Haram terrorist, whose picture was released alongside 99 others on the Army’s wanted list of terrorists.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja by the acting Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman.
Usman said in the statement that the suspect, identified as Danladi Abdullahi, was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) at the Moduganari area of Maiduguri metropolis in Borno State.
The Army attributed the development to the recent publication of some pictures of the terrorists’ top commanders.
“Following the release of the poster containing photographs of 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, security agencies and the public have intensified search for them.
“The renewed zeal has been yielding the desired result as the Borno State Command of Department of State Services arrested another suspected high profile Boko Haram terrorist, Danladi Abdullahi, at Moduganari area of Maiduguri metropolis.
“Although, he is still being investigated, it has been positively established that he is suspect number 26 on the list of the declared suspected Boko Haram terrorists issued by the Nigerian Army last month.”
The statement conveyed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s commendation to the DSS, especially Borno Command, for its resilience and continued support and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
He said the DSS had over time proven to be dependable partner in the quest for a secured Nigeria.
According to him, the fight against insurgency is a collective responsibility hence the need for the public’s support, cooperation and understanding as the battle end insurgency gets intense.
The army boss urged the public to be more vigilant and security conscious to enable the military win the war for all to enjoy a better and more secure Nigeria.
Abdullahi’s arrest brought to three the number of suspects nabbed since the Army’s wanted list was released.
On November 9, the Army announced that one of the wanted suspects, Chindo Bello, was apprehended at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja as he attempted to flee in an Aero Contractors flight to Lagos.
Usman said the suspect was immediately handed over to the military intelligence for interrogation and prosecution.
A day later, the military released a statement announcing the capture of one Ishaku Wardifen, who it described as another suspected terrorists on its wanted list.