ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Nigerian troops of 3 Battalion, of 22 Task Force Brigade have arrested four Boko Haram kingpins known as Ameers at Rann, headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno state.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said the kingpins, who were apprehended on Friday, specialised on various aspects of criminality aimed at sustaining the terrorists group in their areas.
According to Usman, the four terrorists were arrested following a tip-off by well meaning members of the public.
Subsequently, he said, the troops conducted a cordon and search operation in the general area that led to the apprehension of the terrorist leaders, who contribute to the sustenance of the insurgency through their illegal trade specialisation.
The Army spokesman listed the arrested kingpins to include: Umara Mai Gyaran Rediyo (Radio Technician), Umaru Mai Nama, (who specialises in cattle rustling and sales), Alifa Makinta (a specialist on stealing foodstuffs) and Balu Jugudum (in charge of stolen jewellery).
Currently, he said, the suspects are undergoing interrogation.