•14 others over explosives
From Mustapha Isah Kwaru Maiduguri
Borno State Police Command has paraded eight suspected members of the Boko Haram sect who participated in the kidnapping of Chibok school girls in 2014.
Similarly, 14 others who were involved in the planting of explosives, coordinating suicide attacks and supply of logistics for the insurgents were equally apprehended.
Borno State Police Commissioner, Mr. Demian Chukwu disclosed this while parading the suspects in Maiduguri yesterday.
According Chukwu, the arrest of the members of the dreaded group was carried out by the Intelligence Response Team of the inspector general of police.
The commissioner said, all the suspects confessed to have participated and responsible for the kidnap of the school girls, several suicide attacks and bombings, as well as ambushes/ killings of innocent Nigerians, including security personnel in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and other states in the North East sub- region.
The CP was quoted saying: “22 Dreaded Boko Haram Terrorist BHT Group members and leaders responsible for the kidnapping of Chibok School girls, including logistic suppliers and IEDs makers were arrested at various location in Borno and Yobe States.
“There were also linked, participated and coordinated, with over 50 Suicide bombings within Maiduguri Borno State and Adamawa State, Invasion of Bama and Gwoza. Several attacks/ambush and killing of thousands of innocents Nigerians, including security agencies and civilians in Borno and other North Eastern States of Nigeria,” Chukwu said.
Giving details, the CP said, “Irked and worried by the persistent suicide bombings and killing of innocent citizens in the North East by the dreaded Boko Haram Terrorist Group terrorizing North Eastern Nigeria, IGP Ibrahim K Idris equipped and deployed the Special Operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team IRT with enough credible technical intelligence to Maiduguri Borno State to trace and arrest all the TERRORIST responsible for the suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks in the North East.
“After a lot of planning and use of advance technology, between 04/07/18 and 09/07/18, IRT special teams with support from SARS/crack team of Borno State Command swung into action and eventually succeeded in arresting 22 confirmed Boko Haram terrorists who confessed to several suicide bomb explosions within Borno and Adamawa states, kidnapping of the Chibok school girls, invasions of Bama/Gwoza, among many other crimes.
“Suspects narrated various roles each of them played. Amongst them are the commanders and coordinators of suicide bombings in Borno State, coordinator and members of the Chibok school girls kidnapping, ambushes on security agents, logistics suppliers and their receivers of gold, international currencies and cows, among others.”