The Nigerian Army, on Monday called for greater vigilance by Nigerians to track down Boko Haram members it declared wanted recently.
This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
“The Nigerian Army would like to reiterate the need for all well-meaning Nigerians and those residing in our great country to be more vigilant.“We also solicit the assistance of citizens to furnish security agencies with information about the declared wanted terrorists, their sponsors and other criminals in our midst,” the statement said.
It said the call became necessary following reports of mass exodus of the insurgents from their enclaves in parts of the North-East due to sustained military offensive.
The statement confirmed the arrest of one of the suspected wanted terrorists at the Abuja airport.
“The declaration of 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists has started to pay the desired dividends as one of them was arrested as he attempted to flee.
“On Sunday at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, a man suspected to be one of the wanted Boko Haram terrorists, Chindo Bello, was apprehended by Aviation Security as he was boarding Aero Contractors’ Airline flight to Lagos.”
It said the suspect had been handed over to the military intelligence for interrogation and prosecution.
The statement also commended the “eagle-eyed and patriotic security agents and citizens” for the tip-off that led to the arrest of the suspect.
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