Troops nab wanted Boko Haram kingpin, ex-militant leader
Posted by News Express | 7 September 2016 | 2,518 times
The Boko Haram suspect on the wanted list number 105, Muhammed Bulama, was on Tuesday, arrested by troops in Yobe State.
Bulama was arrested along side with two other suspected Boko Haram terrorists, Ardo Abba Muhammed (elder brother to Bulama as claimed) and Muhammadu Kaigama, in Azare community, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, with the help of local vigilantes in the town.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested while they were riding on horseback and bicycle shepherding some sheep towards a market.
The suspected terrorist was said to have, in the course of interrogation, confirmed his photograph on the wanted list and further revealed that he rears animals for the terrorist group.
The troops also found out that the suspects were in the village to sell the animals as they had ran out of cash in their hideout and also to get some food items for the upcoming Sallah festivity.
The statement also indicated that troops of 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected economic saboteur, whose name was given as Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje, identified also as an ex-militant leader. The suspect is also said to be the leader of the ‘Otugas Fire Force’, a militant group that is threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant.
“He was alleged to be responsible for the recent act of economic sabotage perpetrated on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of last month,” the Army said.
According to the statement, the suspected militant was trailed and arrested by troops along Agbor-Abraka road in Edo State on Tuesday 6th September, 2016. He was said to be “on the run since he was declared wanted because of his public declaration as the leader of the militant group ‘Otugas Fire Force’ and his subsequent declaration of the threat code named ‘Crocodile Tears’, which was published by the Vanguard and Thisday newspapers on 31st August, 2016, while the Brigade was engaged in the military field training exercise nicknamed ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’.
“Gabriel was arrested along with his accomplice, Mr. Elvis Dweller Ejus. Both suspects were handed to Operation Delta Safe for further interrogation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency for prosecutions.”
The Army also recalled that troops of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Air Force and covert operatives of the Defence Intelligence Agency, arrested a suspected kingpin of the Niger Delta Avengers, Isaac Romeo, who goes by the appellation of ‘G2’ in their terrorists camp. He was arrested along with two other persons; Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross River State while driving in a vehicle with registration number, CRS 86 AO1 on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.
“The arrest followed painstaking efforts and tracking of the militant who was in the state to perpetrate further criminal activities of sabotaging critical infrastructures. All the suspects are currently being interrogated.”