Boko Haram cell leader arrested

A Boko Haram cell leader, Babuji Ya’ari has been captured by the Nigerian Military. According to a statement by the Director of Military information, Major General Chris Olukolade, Ya’ari a businessman who sells tricycles, participated actively in the abduction of School Girls in Chibok. He was a member of the Youth Vigilante Group, popularly known as Civilian JTF, a position he used as cover to spy on the activities of the Nigerian forces.

He was also reportedly the brain behind the murder of a prominent Borno Monarch, the Emir of Gwoza, who was murdered last month in a road ambush.

The captive, according to the statement from the Nigerian defence headquarters, had coordinatsd several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011, including the daring attacks on Customs and military locations as well as the planting of IEDs in several locations in the town.

Vital information from Ya’ari has facilitated the arrest of other members of the terrorists’ intelligence cell who are women, including: Hafsat Bako who had earlier escaped to Gombe State. Hafsat had been involved in the payment of other operatives on the payroll of the group. In her confession, she disclosed that a minimum of N10,000 is paid to each operative depending on the enormity of his task.

Another female suspect named Haj Kaka who doubles as an armourer and a spy for the terrorists group has also been arrested.

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