BOKO HARAM: Intelligence Alerts Led to Kano Arrests –Nigerian Army
Thirteen suspected Boko Haram members were arrested Saturday night in Kano State, and men of the Nigerian Army who perfected the arrest said they worked on intelligence alerts.
The arrests were made at Filin Lazio in Hotoro North, Nassarawa local government area of the state, and majority of the residents of the area were not even aware of the military operation that was quietly carried out to apprehend the suspects.
“Not until I heard of it in the news, I did not know that the military were in my area, and I was not aware there were any arrests”, said a resident, Aminu Ibrahim.
Many others also said they did not know when the arrests were made.
Spokesman to the 3 Motorised Brigade in Kano, Captain Njoko Irabor confirmed the operation and the arrests, saying the operation was mainly dependent on intelligence reports which the Army followed up.
Reports have it that suspicions trailed the sudden influx of some North-eastern migrants to the Hotoro area, and a certain social media campaign was launched to alert residents.
It was not clear who initiated the campaign, but it was certain that it got the attention of a number of other residents as well as the security agents.
On Thursday last week, the Brigade Commander of the 3 Motorised Brigade, Brigadie General S. Nicodamus, had told a delegate of the Nigerian Guild of Editors that the Brigade is on ground to provide adequate security to Kano State.
Citizens of Kano State who spoke to Nigerian Sketch commended the Nigerian Army for the operation.
Sadisu Labaran said it was a “smooth operation carried out professionally.”
Iliya Hotoro said he was particularly impressed with the way the operation was carried out without any casualty.
The Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement asked residents of Kano not to panic following the arrests.
“The general public, especially residents of Filin Lazio Hotoro, are enjoined to go about their lawful businesses as security forces are on top of the situation.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to use this medium to appeal to the peace-loving people of Kano State to maintain a high level of vigilance and continue to report suspected movement of strange individuals or groups in their environment to the relevant security agencies for prompt action,” Yerima said.
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