The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman,in a statement Friday night announced that Troops of 3 Battalion, of 22 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army have made an unprecedented catch with the arrest of 4 Boko Haram terrorists Ameers (strategists) at Rann, headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area Borno state on Friday 22nd April 2016.
The names of the the arrested terrorists strategists were given as Umara Mai Gyaran Rediyo (Radio Technician), Umaru Mai Nama, (who specializes in cattle rustling and sales), Alifa Makinta (a specialist on stealing foodstuffs) and Balu Jugudum (in charge of stolen jewelleries).
According to Mr. Usman, the four terrorists who specializes in various aspects of criminality to sustain the Boko Haram terrorists group in their areas were arrested following a tip-off by well meaning members of the public.
“Subsequently, the troops conducted a cordon and search operation in the general area that led to the apprehension of the terrorist leaders, who contribute to the sustenance of the insurgency through their illegal trade specialization,” he said.
He added that the suspects are presently undergoing interrogation.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) earlier in the week issued an alert to the general public on the new recruitment tactics devised by Boko Haram terrorists as another means of recruiting unsuspecting youths into their sect.
According to a statement released by the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, April 20, the terrorists have resorted to have providing loans to young entrepreneurs and artisans in the North East as a way of inducing them for recruitment.
“It is pertinent to state that having been effectively decimated and degraded, the remnant or surviving splinter groups of Boko Haram are desperate to recruit more people into their ranks and files as a result of sustained onslaught against them by the troops.
“They should be guided to avoid loan or financial assistance from non-conventional source but from conventional financial institutions such as banks, organised trade unions or institutionalized savings and loans establishments. Acting otherwise may lead to painful and untimely death from the blood-thirsty Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement warns.