A major recruiter for the Boko Haram has been arrested in Borno, an official has said.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Sunday said it arrested the 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno.
The Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri.
Mr. Abdullahi said the suspect was apprehended at Mussa village on June 7.
“Our men have made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin.
“The notorious kingpin was said to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists.
“He confessed that his three children were also arrow heads of the Boko Haram sect,” he said.
Mr. Abdullahi said the command had since handed over the suspect to the army for further investigation.
The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of over 20,000 people in Northern Nigeria since 2009. Recent successes by the Nigerian military have led to the recovery of territory initially seized by the insurgents in North East Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently stated his administration’s willingness to negotiate the release of scores of teenage schoolgirls kidnapped by the group in 2014 in Chibok, Borno State.