24 Sep 2014

50 Boko Haram members arrested in Borno

Military operatives in Biu local government area of Borno state have arrested 50 fleeing members of the Boko Haram fighters who were hidden under a truck heading towards Gombe.

Security source said the suspected Boko Haram members are currently in their custody at the Barrack in Biu.

He said, some youth vigilante in Biu suspected the truck carrying sheeps and goats at the top and stop the truck for routine check when they discover 50 young men hiding underneath.

The suspects according to the security source confessed to being fighters of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram who are on the run following the killing of their leader in a battle at Konduga town of Konduga local government area of Borno state last week.

He said, the suspects who were pleading for mercy also promised to cooperate with security operatives by giving them useful information on the whereabout of other sect members on the run as well as other group holding the Chibok girls.

He said, most of the suspects were between the aged of 18 and 25 and speaks Kanuri and Hausa, adding that they also revealed places they have fought jihad, which include Bama and Konduga where they were overwhelmed by the military and disbanned following the killing of their leader, Shiekh Abubakar Shekau.

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