Nigerian security forces operating with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Friday captured a number of terrorists, including one described as “Boko Haram’s lead specialist in human butchery” as they continue their offensive against the insurgents along Nigeria’s border with Chad.
The MNJTF also repelled a dusk attack by the terrorists in their bid to overrun markets in communities in the outskirts of Monguno and NNPC at New Marte, Borno State along the border with Chad.
Also yesterday, a Federal High Court in Abuja refused to grant bail to an Islamic scholar and a university lecturer, Dr. Muhammed Nazeef Yunus and two others, who are standing trial for their alleged involvement in terrorism activities.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade who disclosed the capture of the “human butcher’ in a statement yesterday added that over 50 assorted brands of grenades and11 AK 47 rifles were recovered from the fleeing terrorists.
He revealed that cordon and search operations are ongoing at the general area while heightened patrols are continuing.
Meanwhile, he said, interrogation of captured terrorists from various locations had been yielding useful information as to their mode of operations. “Among those in custody is a lead specialist in butchering human beings who insists he does not use firearms but daggers and cutlasses for his assignment”, he said.
In the same vein, Olukolade said that troops on stop and search patrol yesterday afternoon in Maiduguri arrested a man suspected to be a terrorist with an unprimed Improvised Explosive Device (IED), who was undergoing further interrogation as at the time of reporting.
The Defence Spokesman further revealed that more assaults and encounters are continuing in other identified locations as intelligence sources confirm the routes being used by the fleeing terrorists.
“Troops have been directed to sustain aggressive patrols in certain areas where terrorists’ actions are anticipated”, he added.
Yunus, the suspected Boko Haram member who was denied bail yesterday by the Abuja court is a lecturer at the Department of Islamic Studies, Kogi State University, Ayingba.
He was charged alongside Salami Abdullahi (a.k.a Asta) and Musa Umar with act of terrorism, an offence that ran contrary to section 17 of the terrorism Prevention Act 2013 (as amended).
The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his ruling on the bail application said he would not grant the accused persons bail considering the gravity of the allegation and the security challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgents, especially the recent murder of school children in Yobe State.
Consequently, the Judge held that: “The bail application by the accused persons failed” and ordered accelerated hearing in the matter.