Fleeing Boko Haram member arrested in Ogun

A suspected member of Boko Haram, who allegedly fled Maiduguri, has been arrested in Ogun State.

The 22-year old suspect, identified as Muktar Umar, was paraded on Monday by the Ogun State Police Command after his arrest in Kara area of Ifo Local Government Area of the state.

The state commissioner of police, Abdulmajid Ali, said Mr. Umar fled the insurgents’ base, following the “heat being experienced” by them in the hands of the joint military task force.

He said the suspect thereafter sneaked out of Maiduguri to Isheri area of Lagos State as his first contact.

The police chief said the suspect later relocated to Kara community along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway‎, where the police arrested him.

The commissioner also said the suspect was apprehended after a tip-off.

Fielding questions from journalists, the suspected terrorist denied membership of Boko Haram sect, saying it was his friend, identified as Mustapha, that was declared wanted by the police for terrorism.

He said he was wrongly declared wanted by the authorities alongside his friend.

Mr. Umar said he decided to relocate to Kara community three years ago on the advice of his father.

Meanwhile, the command also paraded five suspects in connection with kidnapping, as well as a canoe used in ferrying victims.


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