Nigeria captures Boko Haram’s cameraman

Nigerian army detains Boko Haram’s wanted chief cameraman, as secret police arrests other militants connected to “sleeper cells”

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A poster of wanted Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, in the north-eastern state of Borno on May 13, 2013

Nigeria’s military on Saturday said its forces had arrested a wanted man who it believes can be the chief cameraman for the country’s Boko Haram militant group.

The army said that the suspect named Abdullahi Abubakar Sadiq had been detained in Uba town, northeastern Borno state. He was number 58 on a military list of 100 Boko Haram targets, in which Abubakar Shekau, the main leader of the group is on the top of the list.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said that at least four others were captured along with Sadiq.

"Troops also arrested two other suspected Boko Haram terrorists along with two other terrorists at Rumirgo and Kilakasa,"

Other suspects have also been arrested since the list was released a few months ago, as they are wanted for being the major force behind the insurgency in the region.

Also on Saturday, Nigeria's secret police reported that they had detained 12 suspected Boko Haram militants linked to the discovery of “sleeper cells” in and around the capital Abuja.

The Department of State Services (DSS) said the detainees had travelled from the northeast of the country to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and were planning on carrying out assaults during the year-end festivities in Abuja.

"Boko Haram... has continued to establish and operate sleeper cells whose [sole] mandates are to conduct surveillance and carry out subsequent attacks in the FCT," the DSS statement read.

The suspects were working in legal jobs while conducting surveillance to "map out soft targets for attacks", the statement added.

In the past weeks, the Nigerian Army has rescued more than 1,000 abducted victims and destroyed dozens of Boko Haram camps. However, the militant group has stepped up tactics such as suicide bombings in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.

Since 2009, the group has killed at least 17,000 people mostly in Nigeria and 2 million others have been displaced by Boko Haram violence.

TRTWorld and agencies