Kano (WorldStage Newsonline)-- Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) at the early hours of Friday, raided the residence of a high profile Boko Haram Operational Commander at Farawa Babban Layi, Kano, and arrested him alongside his wife and five children.
The raid also led to the recovery of sophisticated weapons from the home of the ‘Commander’, simply identified as Suleiman Mohammed, a Yoruba man who hails from Ogbomosho in the South West of the country.
The weapons recovered during the raid, without any exchange of gunfire include, 1,000 live ammunition, one rifle, 10 cans of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and three pistols.
The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, who confirmed the arrest of the high profile sect leader, said, “ it was made possible, following a tip off by members of the general public of suspicious movement of people into the sect leader’s house.
“Yes, security agencies successfully arrested a top sect leader in the state, whom is alleged to be the operational commander of the sect in the state. Investigation has already commenced.”
According to the Police boss, the security agencies were suspecting the arrested sect leader to be the mastermind of series of attacks in the state, including churches, as well as the silent killing of innocent citizens of the state.
Also, the Police commissioner disclosed that no fewer than 20 assorted Improvised Explosives Devices were uncovered in BUK within the last couple of weeks.
“After the April 29 bomb attack on BUK, the Police Command’s Bomb Disposal Unit recovered 14 canned IEDs at the University premises. Likewise, another bomb was evacuated from the Faculty of Sociology May 1, while some other three bombs were also recovered at various locations in the University on May 8 and were successfully defused by remote control to avert any disaster”.
Spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, when contacted also confirmed the arrest of the sect top profile leader, but declined further details.