The Nigerian Police have arrested a Boko Haram deputy commander, Seth Yakubu, at Gwako Village in Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory, while he was trying to vanish
The 20-year-old insurgent, who hailed from Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, was nabbed at about 11.30am on Sunday after a tip-off, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, told journalists on Monday in Abuja.
Yakubu’s arrest is sequel to the capture of five suspected members of the insurgent group in Kano on Sunday.
The CP said the suspect confessed to investigators that he escaped to the village from Sambisa Forest after their hideout was bombed by the Nigeria Air Force about a week ago.
He said, “Yakubu further stated that he left Maiduguri on Friday, July 21, 2017 and arrived Gwako village on Saturday at about 10pm, to conceal his identity and seek refuge.
“The suspect said he was lured to join the Boko Haram terrorists group by a young man who approached him with a promise of an automatic employment into the Nigerian Army, only to end up with the sect.
“He said he was given a form to fill and, thinking the job was real, he completed the form, but was taken to an unknown depot where he and some others received training.”
Kimo said the suspect further confessed that apart from being the second in-command in his unit, he actively participated in several deadly attacks launched by the group against innocent citizens.
He said investigation was still ongoing to track down Yakubu’s accomplices.
Yakubu in an interview admitted to being a Boko Haram member, adding that he fled from Sambisa Forest to Abuja after their hideout was knocked out by an air-strike.
Meanwhile, the CP has admonished residents of the FCT and environs to be vigilant and always report any strange and suspicious persons or activity to the police.
“The command wishes to also advise community leaders to guard against habouring strangers, especially those whose mission to the community is not clear,” he added.
Kimo called on residents to report any strange face in their community to the nearest police formation or to the FCT police command emergency helplines-lines:08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.