Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Commandant of the The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno on Sunday said it arrested a 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno.
Abdullahi said the suspect who was apprehended at Mussa village on June 7, was a major recruiter for the deadly terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
“Our men have made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin. The notorious kingpin was said to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists. He confessed that his three children were also arrow heads of the Boko Haram sect,” he said.
The NSDCD commander said the command had since handed over the suspect to the army for further investigation.
The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of over 20,000 people in Northern Nigeria since 2009. Recent successes by the Nigerian military has led to the recovery of territory initially seized by the insurgents in North East Nigeria.