Troops of 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army have raided an evolving Boko Haram terrorists’ cell at Mokwa and its environs in Niger State.
Sani Usman, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, in a statement issued on Friday, May 26, 2017 said the raid and subsequent bursting of the cell followed a painstaking surveillance that led to the arrest of three leaders of the cell, Mustapha Muhammed (Adam Bitri), Ali Saleh, and Uba Mohammed at their hideout at Gidan Mai village, along Mokwa-Tegina Road.
The Nigerian Army disclosed that preliminary investigation has confirmed that one of the terrorists, Mustapha Muhammed (Adam Bitri), was among the group of the Boko Haram terrorists that kidnapped the late elder statesman, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, in Maiduguri on 13th May 2013 along with one Bakura (at large).
“Items recovered from them, according to the Army, include Automated Teller Machines debit cards, Voters Registration cards, National Identity Cards, various mobile telephone handsets and bank tellers, among other items,” Brigadier General Sani Usman said in the statement.
The Army also said the suspects are still being interrogated.
Buhari Defeats Boko Haram?
Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world.
The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony.
Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.