Saturday, 25 May 2013
At-large Boko Haram Cell Leader Critically Wounded In JTF Shooting
A high-profile cell-leader of Boko Haram was reportedly shot and critically wounded this afternoon by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Damaturu, Yobe State.
Habib Bama, a one-time private in the Nigerian Army, had been on the run for the past three months. He was a suspect in the bombings at Mogadishu Barracks, Police Headquarters, the UN Building, St Theresa's Catholic Church at Madalla and many sites in Jos. His name was reportedly revealed during questioning of the captured spokesperson of the sect, Abul Qaqa earlier this year.
According to reports from the scene, the JTF, comprising the State Security Service (SSS), the Military and the Nigeria Police, stormed Bama's operational base in Damaturu.
Bama was put on the Most Wanted list after the Madalla Church incident. A statement released by the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS, Ms Marilyn Ogar, said Habibu Bama was a suspect in crimes against the state.
The statement read in part: "Bama is an ex-soldier, Kanuri by tribe and hails from Bama, Borno State. He is also known by the following names;( i )Habib Bama;( ii )Shuaibu Bama; and (iii) Habib Mamman.
"Members of the public with any information that could lead to his arrest are hereby implored to immediately contact the nearest Police Station, Military formation or any other security agency, please."
Security agents are currently questioning him about his role in the bombings.