Barely 24 hours after the release of another list of 100 Boko Haram terror suspects, four men suspected to be members of the sect were arrested yesterday morning by youths of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) at the Maiduguri motor park.
The suspects, according to Modu Bukar, a member of CJTF, were attempting to flee Maiduguri by bus before they were apprehended by the vigilant youths at about 7.35am.
“These men who claimed to be travelling to the south are Boko Haram suspects, because their identities matched those on the list released by the military on Saturday, including the sect’s tattoo on their arms and backs,” Bukar said yesterday.
He said that the suspects look unkempt with signs of starvation and have been handed over to the military for further interrogation.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Police Command and the military yesterday commenced “stop and search” exercise on some roads leading into Maiduguri metropolis.
The affected roads include Damboa, Polo, Giwa Barracks, and Circular roads that lead to Sambisa Forest and the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road.
Police spokesman, Isuku Victor, told The Guardian that there are intelligence reports that Boko Haram insurgents are in “disarray and fleeing” to different settlements to take refuge and escape to the southern part of the country.
He said that the stop and search exercise in the metropolis was to check the fleeing insurgents from Sambisa Forest.
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