Monday, 20 May 2013
JTF Claims Arrest Of High Profile Boko Haram Commander In Maiduguri
Nigerian troops of the Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, Borno state said its men today arrested a high profile member of dreaded Boko Haram sect.
A press release issued by Lt. col. Sagir Musa, the spokesperson of Operation “Restore Order” stated that Mohammed Zangina, a high profile Boko Haram Commander and Shura Committee Member at was arrested today around 12:30 am Nigerian time in the Government Reserved Area (GRA), Maiduguri.
JTF also claimed that Zangina was arrested in Maiduguri while trying to “ plan several deadly attacks being planned against civilians and security personnel any moment from today”.
Zangina a.k.a Mallam Abdullahi often referred to as Alhaji Musa is the head of North Central part of Nigeria and Coordinator of most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum, the statement said.
JTF said Zangina is a key member of the Shura Committee of the Boko Haram Terrorists, is among those declared wanted, and a bounty of N25 million was placed on him by the JTF on 23 November, 2012. He survived several security manhunts on his hideouts in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum. His arrest was effected by JTF troops following a special operation conducted in GRA, Maiduguri.
Zangina is currently undergoing interrogation for his activities at an undisclosed location.