We Nabbed One of Boko Haram’s Top Commanders-Nigerian Troops


*Recover 281 bags of IED Making Materials


Troops attached to Sector 2, Joint Task Force, North East Operations of Hadin Kai, have arrested a high profile Boko Haram Commander. The troops also recovered 281, 50kg bags of Urea Fertilizers, used in making IED materials, during the raid.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Nwachukwu, who made the disclosure in a statement, pointed out that the Hadin Kai troops made the arrest and subsequent recoveries while conducting sting operations on multiple criminal hubs in both Damboa and Gashua council areas of Borno state where the insurgents assemble Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.
Nwachukwu explained that the troops recorded the breakthrough following an Intel tip off.
“Following a tip off, a wanted BH/ISWAP terrorist, one Yawi Modu, who has been on the wanted list, was nabbed along Damboa-Wajiroko road.
“Relatedly, troops have successfully busted a Urea Fertilzer syndicate known for supplying terrorists with IED materials.
“The market is believed to be the notorious hub for IED materials for BHT/ISWAP,” he said in the statement.
According to Nwachukwu, the discovery and subsequent recovery of the bomb making materials development may be a pointer to the possibility that the insurgents are shifting focus towards bomb making following the depletion of their rank in the latest offensives conducted by the Nigerian defence forces.
“These ISWAP criminals facing the reality of obvious depletion are desperately acquiring IED materials to make explosive devices with which to unleash terror on innocent civilians, in a bid to remain relevant and present a posture of potency.
“In the sting operation conducted, a total of Two Hundred and Eighty-One 50 Kg bags of Urea were recovered from the warehouses in the market and two notorious BHT distributors were also arrested,” he said.
Following the spate of bombings orchestrated by the group in the early stages of the insurgency, the federal government placed a ban on Urea Fertilizer which is a major component in the making of IED.

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