This brings to three, the number of Boko Haram kingpins arrested since the insurgents were declared wanted.
Army’s Department of Public Relations (DAPR) had last month launched the distribution of a poster containing photographs of 100 most wanted Boko Haram members including their phantom leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Barely a month after the publication of the photographs, three of the faces on the list have so far been identified and arrested.
The first suspect was nabbed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while boarding a flight to Lagos, while the second was caught in a village in Adamawa State.
The latest arrested suspect was one Danladi Abdullahi, who got into the net in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
He was arrested by the operatives of the DSS who were also involved in the search by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
Confirming the development in a press statement, the spokesman of the nation’s army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the arrested suspect had been placed under investigation with the hope of getting useful information that may lead to the arrest of others.
He said credit must be given to the DSS for demonstrating the desired synergy advocated by the COAS in the ongoing counter insurgency tagged ‘Operation Lafiya Dole.’
“With the release of the poster containing photographs of 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, security agencies and the public have intensified search for them,” said Colonel Usman.
“The renewed zeal has been yielding the desired result as the Borno State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) has this morning arrested another suspected high profile Boko Haram terrorist, Danladi Abdullahi at Moduganari area of Maiduguri metropolis.
“Although he is still being investigated, it has been positively established that he is suspect number 26 on the list of the declared suspected Boko Haram terrorists issued by the Nigerian Army last month.” -Leadership