The Federal Government’s new offensive against Boko Haram seems to have yielded results following the arrest of a man believed to be a top aide of the sect’s leader, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau.
The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Kano said that the arrest was effected by JTF, during an operation carried out in the early morning of Tuesday.
A source close to JTF in Kano said that “we have carried out an operation and we have successfully arrested one of the top militants that are wanted by security operatives”.
The arrest made around the Darmanawa Quarters, behind Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), is believed to be a breakthrough in the fight against the militant group, Boko Haram.
Sources said that the identity of the arrested person would not be disclosed immediately but said he was arrested following a tip-off and during the JTF raid in his house Tuesday.
Spokesman of the JTF Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha confirmed the arrest but declined further comment on the issue.
He said “I can confirm to you that we carried out a very successful operation today and the suspect we were looking for was apprehended without resistance. But, honestly, I cannot disclose to you his identity at this point of investigation or the position of this suspect but it was a successful operation.”
Some unidentified gunmen on three motorcycles had attacked a checkpoint in Karkasara Quarters close to AKTH manned by members of the JTF, injuring one police corporal during the attack.
Meanwhile, what could have resulted into a bloody Democracy Day was averted by the special unit of the Police Anti-Bomb squad, following the discovery of a planted substance suspected to be an improvised explosive device (IED) at the commercial town of Kaduna State.
The detonated device was said to have been concealed in a television set and planted at Katsina Roundabout, along the Ahmadu Bello Way, a few metres away from the newspaper distribution centre along Jos Road.
On sighting the substance at about 6am, on Tuesday residents drew the attention of the police who later detonated the substance.
An eye witness said that the substance was discovered by an Almajiri boy who drew the attention of the people of the area, who in turn informed the police.
Confirming the incident to journalists, the state commissioner of police, Mr Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar, said that the explosive was planted around 4.a.m and was found around 6.a.m.
He said, “An IED which was concealed in a television set was found this morning after it was planted.
“Our men arrived there around 6am and they successfully detonated it, and there was no casualty recorded.”