The Nigerian Army on Thursday arrested a top Boko Haram member who is fifth on the list of wanted terrorists in the country.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, who also confirmed that the suspect is in their custody and is currently been interrogated by officials.
He said the terrorist was apprehended by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Lagos State before they were intercepted by soldiers in Bauchi State.
Brigadier General Chukwu said the army is also investigating how members of the CJTF came to have the terrorist in their possession.
However, the CJTF members have maintained that they were transporting the terrorist to the office of the Department of State Service in Maiduguri for further investigations, a claim yet to be ascertained by the army.
The statement read,
“One of the Boko Haram suspects inwhite shirt is Number 5 on the Nigerian Army wanted list and three other suspected members of the group have been arrested by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“The vehicle conveying the suspect and three members of the civilian vigilante (Civilian Joint Task Force), were intercepted by troops on Thursday 29th March 2018 at the Forward Operations Base along Kano – Azare road, in Bauchi State.
“On interrogation, the Civilian Joint Task Force members claimed to have arrested the suspects in Lagos and he is taking them to Department of State Service (DSS) office in Maiduguri for further investigations.
“Efforts are being made to contact DSS office in Maiduguri for possible confirmation of the Civilian Joint Task Force claims.”