A suspected notorious leader of the Boko Haram sect on the wanted list of the Nigeria Army was arrested Thursday by Nigerian troops while leading a gang of gunmen to ferry fuel through border communities in Borno State, army officials have said.
The man, who was said to have been badly injured in gun battle and later died while being interrogated, was listed as Number 95 on the first published poster of 100-Wanted Boko Haram Terrorists.
The spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, said the effort that led to the busting of the Boko Haram logistic supply group was carried out by a combined team of troops from the 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group (QRG) stationed in Baga and those of 118 Task Force Battalion.
Mr. Usman, a colonel, said "troops of the 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group (QRG) stationed in Baga and 118 Task Force Battalion mounted an ambush along Daban Masara axis used by Boko Haram terrorists to convey logistics.
"At the encounter, one of the suspected wanted Boko Haram terrorists leaders who is serial number 95 on the first Nigerian Army wanted list of 100 Boko Haram terrorists leaders, was fatally wounded in the exchange of fire.
"He later gave up while receiving medical attention at the base, while other members of his team escaped with gun shot wounds. The troops recovered 7 Jerri cans of 30 litres containing 210 liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), motorcycles and food stuff in addition to arms and ammunition".