The Nigerian troops and the Multinational Joint Task Force from Cameroon captured three Boko Haram commanders during a joint military operation on Monday, along Nigeria-Cameroon border.
Each of the commanders – Lawal Abba, Mallam Hisna and Mallam Gana – were apprehended by the army in different locations; Shatte, Bulla Jaja and Bula Burra towns, according to the military.
Information released on Tuesday by the army disclosed killing of 22 other terrorists in action, while 1,275 hostages were rescued. Adjoining settlements which includes Nbaga, Bula, Dabube, Ybiri, Greya and Suduwa, previously occupies by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists has also been re-gained by the Nigerian troops.
The operation swept through more than 10 suspected Boko Haram hideouts along the border. Meanwhile, the State Security Service (SSS), on Wednesday also announced the arrest of one Bello Danhajiya, who it described as an associate of Khalid Al-Barnawi, an alleged terrorist kingpin reportedly captured last week.
The SSS said Mr. Danhajiya was Mr. Al-Barnawi second-in-command. Danhajiya is identified as a fulani from Zamfara State and a strategic accomplice of Al-Barnawi.
Preliminary investigations discloses his (Danhajiya) involvement in gun-running, cattle rustling and other nefarious criminal activities principally on the directives of his commander, Al-Barnawi. So far, efforts are being made to conclude the investigations and commence prosecution according to the law.
And as always, the army has encouraged Nigerians to be vigilant and security conscious, since the insurgents are still on the move to infiltrate and seek hideouts in unbeknownst communities.
The Army said;
“The public are please requested to be observant and report any suspicious persons or group of persons to the military or any of the security agencies to enable timely detection and apprehension of the fleeing insurgents before they mingle with the society and commit havoc.”