The Nigeria Police in Borno State said they have arrested 22 suspected Boko Haram members including those who participated in the abduction of Chibok school girls. The Commissioner of Police, CP Damian Chukwu, who disclosed this while presenting the suspects to the media in Maiduguri, yesterday, said eight of the suspects were Boko Haram members and top commanders responsible for the kidnap of Chibok school girls and over 50 bomb attacks in Maiduguri and parts of Adamawa. According to a statement signed by the commissioner of Police, some of the suspects participated in the invasion of Bama and Gwoza and carried out various attacks on security agencies and civilians in the North-East.
Chukwu noted that the arrests were made in the past two weeks in Borno and Yobe sequel to the deployment of the IGP's Intelligence Response Team (IRT) under the command of DCP Abba Kyari.
The suspects also included three top commanders, two logistic suppliers and 17 fighters.
He listed those who participated in the abduction of the school girls as a 23-year old Mayinta Modu, aka Abor, Adam Mohammed, 20; Gujja Jidda, 21 and Mamman Wardi, 25.
Others suspects were: Modu Jidda, 29; Ajiri Bulama Dungus, 22; Mohammed Abba, 20; and Fannami Mustapha, 22.
Chukwu said that the suspects had confessed to have participated in the Chibok school girls' abduction and coordinated various suicide bomb attacks.
The statement also listed one Adam Mustapha, 20, as the mastermind behind series of suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri and Adamawa and explained that the suspects conveyed female and male suicide bombers from Sambisa forest to different locations in Maiduguri and Adamawa to carry out the attack.
Part of the statement read that "the suspect confessed to be the mastermind of the suicide bomb attack in Baga road, Bulunkutu, Custom, Post Office, 3-3 housing and Muna area of Maiduguri. The attack led to the destruction of lives and property.
"One Mustapha Kanimbu, aka Aaramma, 20 years old; native of Mobbar Borno, is one of the Boko Haram terrorists' commanders who supplies logistics to the group members in Sambisa and also confessed to have participated in several attacks and killing of hundreds of people in Maiduguri.
"While, Ibrahim Mala, 48 years old; native of Gwoza local government area of Borno, is one of the insurgents' commanders, who lives in Dalori karekere area of Maiduguri, supplied food and logistics to his members in the Sambisa Forrest."
The statement also added that other members of the insurgent group were: Abdullahi Mohammed Gawi, 23; Maina Adam, 35; Wano Musa, 27; Ishaka Musa, 26; Abubakar Mohammed, 28; Usman Umar, 28; Maina Abba, 27; Maina Gambo, 24; Abubakar Kori, 25; and Bukar Abatcha, 39.
Also, a 35-year-old; Muhammad Bashir, aka Kalijango, who hails from Gambaru Ngala and a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), was also arrested for aiding the insurgents' logistics supply.
Recall that the Boko Haram terrorists had in 2014, abducted over 200 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno out of which over 100 have been released.