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6 Suspected Boko Haram Members Nabbed In a Church in Lagos

Wanted Boko Haram suspect

Six of the 100 suspected Boko Haram members declared 

wanted by the Nigerian Army have been arrested last Friday 

in Lagos by the vigilantes otherwise called the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF). 

They include: Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Ahmed, Goigoi Kamsalem, 

Ibrahim Mohammed, Banagana Blam Ali and Adam. 

The Seriki Hausawa in Ijora, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed, 

who heads the vigilante group said: Adam was arrested in 

an abandoned 40-foot container inside a church in Festac Town.

He added that: Ali and Blam were arrested during a raid 

of suspected terrorists’ hideout at Isheri; Ahmed, 

Kamsalem and Mohammed were nabbed on Victoria Island, 

where they were staying with friends.

Mohammed said the suspects have been transferred to 

Borno State, where they are wanted by the military, 

adding that they looked unkempt and hungry when they were arrested.

He said: “We got an intelligence report that Adam was 

hiding inside an abandoned 40-foot container on a church 

premises. It was the security man attached to the church 

that hid him inside the container. When we arrived on the church

 premises, we headed straight to where the container was kept. 

The security man attached to the church was not around then. 

The container was locked from the outside with a padlock. 

The pastor of the church was embarrassed to see us, but by 

the time we explained our mission to him, he along with others 

stood aside to see and by the time we broke the padlock,

 Adam was hiding in the far corner of the container. 

As soon as the pastor sighted the suspect, he started singing praises.”

Mohammed said his group started operation in Lagos in 2011, 

preventing the terrorists from carrying out their dastardly acts by 

gathering information and arresting the insurgents and handling 

them over to the authorities.

He reiterated his group’s commitment to continue to protect 

Lagos from the Boko Haram menace.

Those arrested in the past by his group, he said, were 

handed over to the Department of State Services (DSS) in 

Shangisha, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 

two or the police commissioner.

“You know we are from Borno State where these people 

also come 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 in 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,” he said.

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