Nigerian Army Arrests 2 Politicians, Traditional Ruler With Alleged Links To Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Army has arrested two well known politicians and a traditional ruler in Borno state over alleged connections to Boko Haram insurgents.

It was learnt that the politicians (names withheld), who are close associates of an APC governor, were arrested early this week by detectives and troops from Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency military team.

While the traditional ruler is the first son of another prominent ruler in the state.

The arrests were confirmed by Lucky Irabor, a major general and theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the counterinsurgency team of the army.

The commander however refused to disclose the identities of the arrested persons, insisting that doing so will jeopardise investigation.

 “It is true we have arrested some people. They may be known faces. We started picking them one by one. We’re taking them now and we are still investigating them so I can’t give you any detail,” he said.

One of them, who is also an Islamic spritualist, fled the state but was arrested along Maiduguri-Jos road while the second politician was said to be a thug (called ECOMOG) and an aide to some politicians in the state.

A military source further revealed to newsmen that more arrests will be made in the “coming days” and the information will be officially made public.



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