A Civilian Joint Task Force have arrested six suspected Boko Haram members said to be on the wanted lists of the military at different locations in Lagos State.
The identity of the suspects matched with those on the list of the 100 most wanted terrorists recently released by the military. The arrested suspects were said to have confessed to be indigenes of Borno State, while adding that military offensive against terrorists in Bama, Baga and Konduga local government council areas of the state made them flee.
They were identified as Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Babagana Blam Ali, Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed and Adams.
Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed, head of the civilian Joint Task Force, the Mai-Kanuribe of Lagos and Seriki Hausawa of Ijora Kingdom, while peaking to newsmen in Lagos, revealed that Ibrahim Ali and Babagana Blam Ali, who hail from Bama and Konduga local government areas respectively, were arrested at Isheri-Ojodu Berger, while Goigoi Kamsalem, Ibrahim Mohammed both from Bama and Abubakar Ahmed of Baga council areas, were apprehended at a hideout in Victoria Island.
According to him, the sixth suspect was arrested close to a church in Festac Town.
Mustapha said the task force is spread across 57 local government areas in Lagos and Ogun states and has been operating for five years, with the aim of tracking and arresting the terrorists.
He said the group has in the past made several arrests, and the suspects handed over to Department of State Service (DSS), the Police while with some were transferred to Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
While speaking on how his group arrested the terrorists, Mustapha said: “One of their leaders that was hiding at a church in FESTAC town was arrested and handed over to security agents. You know we are from Borno State where these people also hail from and we know their communities. Our people back home do monitor them, and once they leave Maiduguri, we would be alerted so that we can be on the lookout.
“Once they arrive any community in Lagos, our members are always on ground to fish them out based on intelligence report and once they are arrested, we hand them over to security agencies for further investigation and prosecution.”
Mustapha confirmed that the six suspects arrested have been moved to Borno State on Sunday morning, July 10, following directive from security operatives.