Army apprehends suspected Boko Haram terrorist in Sapele, calls for public vigilance
Okpalaume Mary, Sapele
The Nigerian army has arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist who entered Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area to continue the nefarious act of the religious sect.
The suspect, Bukar Abacha from Dikwa in Borno State was apprehended in Hausa Quarters after the army received a tipoff from members of the Arewa (Hausa) Community in Sapele who suspected the stranger’s movement few hours after he entered town. They had immediately alerted the Nigerian army which swung into action.
Speaking to our correspondent, a senoir army officer of the 19 battalion Nigerian Army, Koko, adviced members of the public to be extra vigilant and pay serious attention to strange people in their locality.
The Seniour Officer said the army saw the need to sensitize the public on the presence of Boko Haram terrorists who are now scattered in various localities across the country especially in the south encouraging them to promptly report suspected persons or activities in their areas.
“We are partners in progress. If the efforts will yield result then there is need for cooperation. Thank God for the leaders of the Hausa Community here who alerted us. We call on the vigilante groups to step up more commitment in their collaboration with army to wipe crime,” our source said.
While assuring the public of their safety, the army officder said that the army is unrelenting on clamping down on criminal offenders involved in kidnapping, oil bunkering/pipeline vandalism and armed robbery.
The Army later went on sensitization tour in Sapele metropolis in what it called “show of force confidence building patrol” pasting posters of the 100 most wanted Boko Haram terrorists in strategic locations around town.
Meanwhile the arrested terrorist suspect has been transferred to the defense headquarters in Abuja for further investigation.