One of the 486 suspected members of the Boko Haram detained by soldiers in the wee hours of Sunday along the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway in Abia State has been identified as a “most wanted terrorist” by the Nigerian military authorities.
The suspects were travelling in a convoy of 33 Toyota Hiace buses to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when they were intercepted by soldiers attached to the Asa Military Base, 14 Brigade, Ohafia Barracks, Abia State.
The military which did not disclose the identity of the “most wanted terrorist” said all detained 486 suspects were being screened by both military, para-military agencies as well as other security branches.
“A terror kingpin on the list of wanted terrorists of security forces in Nigeria has been detected in the ongoing screening of the 486 suspects nabbed while travelling in over 33 Hiace Hummer buses at night along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway last Sunday.
“So far, other security agencies, including the para-military, have joined the screening exercise to ascertain the status of the remaining suspects. Those identified as possible security risk or illegal immigrants are expected to be identified for further action, the Defence Headquarters in a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said.
The most wanted terrorist has been taken into custody, the Army added.
The Boko Haram, a radical Islamic terrorist group which said it forbids western education, has orchestrated dozens of devasting and violent attacks in northern Nigeria. On April 14, it forcefully abducted over 230 schoolgirls from their dormitory in Chibok, Borno State.
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