True to the security alarm raised by the US about possible terrorist activity over the festive period, six suspected Boko Haram members were apprehended over the weekend by the Civilian Joint Task Force at different locations in Lagos.
The suspects, who all confessed to be indigenes of Borno State, disclosed that they fled Bama, Baga and Konduga local government council areas of Borno State, following the offensive of military operatives against insurgents in the state.
The names of the suspects are given as Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Babagana Blam Ali, Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed and Adams.
Briefing journalists, Head of the civilian Joint Task Force, the Mai- Kanuribe of Lagos and Seriki Hausawa of Ijora Kingdom, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed, said that two of the six suspects were arrested at Isheri-Ojodu Berger.
He also said Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed both from Bama and Abubakar Ahmed of Baga council areas, were apprehended at a hideout in Victoria Island.
The sixth suspect, Adam according to him, was arrested close to a church in Festac Town. Mustapha hinted that his group was spread across 57 local government areas in Lagos and Ogun states and had been in operation since five years, with the aim of nipping activities of Boko Haram sect in both states in the bud.
According to him, his group has handed over the suspected Boko Haram members to Department of State Service, DSS and the Police with some transferred to Maiduguri, Bornu State. He also said that a patrol van was donated to his group by the DSS in the past to enhance its operation. Mustapha informed that arrests were made based on intelligence.
The Mai- Kanuribe of Lagos said:
“One of their leaders that was hiding at a church in FESTAC town was arrested and handed over to security agents. You know we are from Borno State where these people also hail from and we know their communities.”
“Our people back home do monitor them, and once they leave Maiduguri, we would be alerted so that we can be on the lookout. Once they arrive any community in Lagos, our members are always on ground to fish them out base on intelligence report and once they are arrested, we hand them over to security agencies for further investigation and prosecution.”