Operatives of the Nigerian Army have arrested 16 Boko Haram terrorists, including two top commanders of the sect during a sting operation.
Naija News understands that Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator said this in a statement on Tuesday, October 22 in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The terrorists according to Iliyasu, were arrested at Pulka in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
Iliyasu said the arrest was made in collaboration with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
Iliyasu revealed that the preliminary investigation revealed that some of the suspects participated in the attack on Pulka and Gwoza including the killing of some Nigeria Police personnel some time ago.
Lawan Abubakar Umar Garliga also wanted since 2015
According to him, two of the arrested Boko Haram criminals have been on the army most wanted Boko Haram list earlier published on Serials 41 and 90.
He gave the names of the arrested insurgents as Lawan Garliga and Bayaga Manye, listed as Numbers 41 and 90 on the wanted list.
“They also include Modu Abubakar Jugudum, Bulama Ali, Umar Usman, Mustapha Alhaji Mele (Boko Haram Rifle man and vulcanizer), Abor Lassan, Mallum Ari and Mala Bala,” he said.
Iliyasu said the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commended the officers and men of Operation Lafiya Dole following the success recorded by the troops during the sting operation.
“He also enjoined them to continue to sustain the pressure on the criminals and ensure there is no hiding place for them and their collaborators,” he said.