As the final phase of the war against Boko Haram fighters continues in North East, the local security volunteer group known as Civilian JTF in Konduga LGA, Borno State have claimed that it had arrested a notorious Boko Haram kingpin, popularly known as Bashir Sarkin Yanka, (meaning, Bashir the King of Slaughter in Hausa).
According to the Civilian JTF, Bashir had been acting as Abubakar Shekau in some videos on social media.
The arrested suspect was reported to have confessed to the Civilian JTF that he had acted as “Shekau” in some videos and was responsible for the death of his (Bashir’s) mother, two sisters, brother and engaging in mass slaughter.
Speaking on the matter, the Nigerian military on Sunday, February 21, said it was yet to confirm the speculation over the arrest of the Boko Haram kingpin.
A statement signed by Air Commodore Dele Alonge from the Information Office of Operation Lafiya Dole said the military cannot confirm the arrest of Shekau’s actor even as the military has sustained its counter-insurgency operations where some terrorists have been eliminated and others apprehended in the North-East.
The spokesperson of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, also disclosed that two suspected Boko haram members, who infiltrated an IDPs camp, have been arrested.
The statement read: “The Nigerian military has arrested two suspects, Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, for smuggling themselves among the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) brought from Pulka to Gwoza IDPs camp in Borno State.
“The male suspects, who gave their names as Audu Umar and Hassan Umar are undergoing interrogation by the military and intelligence operatives.
“As you are aware, the Nigerian military has succeeded in routing out terrorists from some of their hideouts in the North-East, and, in the process, some were eliminated and others had been arrested.
“We cannot at the moment provide the identities of those in our custody or in other places until after we have conducted thorough investigations.”