Sunday, 3 April 2016

Boko- Haram- Assistant to Shekau apprehended in Kogi state by Nigeria Military

Khalid Albarnawi
On Friday in the battle against the Boko Haram insurgency, the leader of the Ansaru Islamic Sect, Khalid Albarnawi was apprehended by the Nigeria Military.


 Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar confirmed the arrest of the top wanted terror suspect on Saturday Abubakar said that Albanarwi was second in command to the infamous Abubakar Shekau in the Boko Haram. He attributed the arrest of Albarnawi to effective collaborative efforts among the various security agencies in the country.

He said the arrest of Albarnawi proves the days of the Boko Haram Sect are numbered. According to him, the arrested terror suspect is fully cooperating with the security forces. However, Abubakar refused to speak about which of the security agencies has taken Albarnawi into custody He called on Nigerians to cooperate with the security agencies in the ongoing onslaught on the Boko Haram by providing necessary information and intelligence to them.

“I can confirm that he [Albarnawi] is in custody. It is a product of the existing synergy among the security agencies which led to this breakthrough in the war on terror,” the general said. “Nigerians should assist the security agencies with relevant information and intelligence.  

I can say that the days of Boko Haram are numbered. “We have just confirmed that he has been nabbed and he is with the relevant agencies and as time goes, people would know how this kind of person was nabbed and it is due to the synergy existing among the security agencies.

“He has been arrested and he is with the relevant agencies and he is cooperating with giving information. “He is the second-in-command as far as the Boko Haram hierarchy is concerned. So their days are numbered by the grace of God.” The Cable quoted journalist Ahmad Salkida, a journalist, known for his access to some of the leaders of the Boko Haram, as having said that Albarnawi was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services in Lokoja and moved to Abuja on Friday. Albarnawi, who reportedly trained in the North African country of Algeria, is believed to be highly influential in the nation’s terror network.

Ansaru which was formed as a splinter group of the Boko Haram in January 26, 2012, claimed responsibility for the November 2012 attack on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Headquarters in Abuja. 

Several top commanders of Boko Haram were released in the attack which was praised in a YouTube video by Shakau’s in a message to the ‘Soldiers of God in the Islamic State of Mali.’ Also, in the early hours of January 19, 2013, Ansaru attacked a convoy of Mali-bound Nigerian soldiers numbering 180 from the Second Mechanised Division, Ibadan, Oyo state, killing three soldiers.


Source- Punch Nigeria, The cable

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