A top member of the dreaded Boko Haram group, who has been on the wanted list of the Nigeria Army has been arrested in Isua, Akoko South-East local government of Ondo State.
The Boko Haram member, Idris Ibrahim Babawo was arrested by vigilante group and handed over to the Police.
The Police spokesperson in the state, Femi Joseph confirmed the arrest of Babawo. He said he had been handed over to the Military.
Narrating how the top Commander of the dreaded Boko Haram was arrested, Joseph explained that Babawo was coming from Bornu State and heading towards Ibafo in Ogun State when the vehicle conveying him developed fault at Isua.
The police spokesman said, the driver told his passengers to wait in the vehicle while he got mechanic to repair the vehicle.
According to him, it was when the suspect was wandering that a vigilante group arrested him and handed him to the police.
Joseph said the police decided to hand him over to the military for further interrogation.
Confirming the development, the Spokesperson of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Capt Ojo Adenegan said the suspect was on number 155 on the list of top Boko Haram members declared wanted by the military.
The military authorities had earlier announced that a high-value target in the Boko Haram has been captured by the police in the Ondo State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, made the announcement in a statement in Maiduguri.
According to him, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, is identified as number 156 in the Boko Haram wanted list.
Babawo, 42, who also goes by the name Idoko or Nagada, was captured while trying to evade arrest.
Kukasheka said that the jihadist had since been handed over to the military.
He said “The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police on Sept. 24 at about 2: 00 p.m., arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorist, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, believed to be number 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists list.
“He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army at about 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 25 by the Ondo State Police Command.”
Kukasheka said that preliminary investigations showed that the terrorist hailed from Chinade village in the Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
He said that Babawo escaped from the North-East because of what he described as sustained military onslaught on the jihadists.
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