Six persons suspected to be members of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, have been arrested on Friday by a group of Civilian Joint Task Force at different regions in Lagos state.
Upon interrogation, the suspects admitted to have fled Bama, Baga and Konduga local government council areas of Borno State, following the offensive of military operatives against insurgents in the state.
The arrested persons, who are all indigenes of Borno state, gave their identities as Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Babagana Blam Ali, Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed and Adams.
Speaking on the apprehension to reporters, the Head of the civilian Joint Task Force, the Mai- Kanuribe of Lagos and Seriki Hausawa of Ijora Kingdom, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed, revealed that Ibrahim Ali and Babagana Blam Ali, who hailed from Bama and Konduga local government areas respectively, were arrested at Isheri-Ojodu Berger, while Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed both from Bama and Abubakar Ahmed of Baga council areas, were apprehended at a hideout in Victoria Island.
The sixth suspect was apprehended close to a church in Festac Town.
The head of the CJTF also disclosed that members of his group are spread across 57 local government areas in Lagos and Ogun states and had been in operation since five years, with the aim of nipping activities of Boko Haram sect in both states in the bud.
Mustapha emphasised on the usage of intelligence when carrying out arrest, adding that several apprehended suspects in the past had been handed over to Department of State Service, DSS, the Police with some transferred to Maiduguri, Bornu State.
He said: “We got an intelligence report that Adam was hiding inside an abandoned 40-foot container on a church premises. It was the security man attached to the church that hid him inside the container. When we arrived on the church premises, we headed straight to where the container was kept. The security man attached to the church was not around then. The container was locked from the outside with a padlock. The pastor of the church was embarrassed to see us, but by the time we explained our mission to him, he along with others stood aside to see and by the time we broke the padlock, Adam was hiding in the far corner of the container. As soon as the pastor sighted the suspect, he started singing praises.”
“You know we are from Borno State where these people also come from and we know their communities. Our people back home do monitor them, and once they leave Maiduguri, we would be alerted so that we can be on the lookout.
“Once they arrive in any community in Lagos, our members are always on ground to fish them out based on intelligence report and once they are arrested, we hand them over to security agencies for further investigation and prosecution.”