NAN – Fifty fleeing members of the Boko Haram sect were apprehended by soldiers in Biu, Borno State on Tuesday.
Security sources revealed that the insurgents, who were traveling from the Damboa area of the state, hid under a truck and were headed for Gombe.
A security source told journalists that the arrested men were currently in the custody of the Nigerian Army and might have been detained at the Biu barrack.
The source said some youths in Biu suspected that the truck, loaded with sheep and goats might have other things hidden in it.
They were said to have gone ahead to carry out a thorough search of the vehicle, and in the process uncover the 50 young men hiding in the truck.
The source added that the arrested men confessed to being fighters of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and were all on the run following the reported killing of their leader, Abubakar Shekau, in the confrontation of the sect with the military at Konduga last week.
He said, the suspects who were pleading for mercy, also promised to cooperate with security operatives by giving them useful information on the whereabouts of other sect members as well as other group holding the Chibok girls.
He revealed that most of the suspects were between the ages of 18 and 25 and speak Kanuri and Hausa.