- The Nigerian Army says it has arrested Maje Lawan, a wanted Boko Haram suspect
- Lawan who is believed to be number 96 on the wanted list by the army was arrested at Banki, Borno
- The suspect apprehended after he infiltrated an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp
The Army says they have arrested a wanted Boko Haram suspect, Maje Lawan at Banki, Borno.
According to a statement by Brig.-Gen Texas Chukwu, the army spokesman, the suspect is believed to be number 96 on the wanted list earlier published by the army.
Chukwu said Lawan was apprehended after he infiltrated into an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the area.
“The suspect is currently undergoing preliminary investigation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority for further action,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chukwu said troops had neutralised two terrorists at Malari village also in Borno during an ambush while others fled into the bush.
He said 10 bicycles were recovered from the terrorists during the encounter.
In a similar development, he said troops had dislodged armed militia from their camp at Gbamjimba-Akor axis in Guma Local Government Area of Benue.
He said unspecified number of the armed militia men were neutralised, adding that others escaped into nearby bushes with gunshot wounds.
Chukwu said one AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 rifle magazines, 60 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and five motorcycles were recovered from them.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that soldiers engaged Boko Haram insurgents in a gunfight at Auno, a community in Kada local government area of Borno state.
The gun battle erupted after the insurgents invaded the village with gun trucks and tricycles.
“The battle is ongoing as I speak to you. The attackers struck like 15 minutes ago," a military source said.
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