Four Boko Haram Leaders Arrested In Yobe State, Scheduled Local Govt Polls Cancelled
Four leaders of the dreaded Boko Haram sect were today arrested by operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered from their hideout in Majarin village, Gujba local government area of the state.
JTF Spokesman in Yobe, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus while announcing the arrest in a statement today said JTF troops raided the suspected Boko Haram hideout at Majarin village based on an intelligence. According to him “at about 23hours (11pm) on Wednesday, when men of the joint task force raided the suspected terrorist camp in Majari village close to Buni Yadi the headquarters of Gujba Local Government area.”
He said the four sect members were arrested in the camp with an Isuzu pick up van, 10 motorcycles, bomb making materials and 200 rounds of ammunition. Other items recovered include one police anti-riot gun, one pistol, one dane gun, 43 teargas canisters, two police uniforms, one laptop and one desktop computers.Others are two generating sets, 13 military kit pads, four police berrets, police helmet and boots, medical box with assorted drugs, several assorted clothing, cooking pots and food items.
Lazarus said the pick up van was covered with a specially prepared mud to avoid spotting it from a distance while the vehicle’s exhaust was equally compressed so as not to make loud noise.
Meanwhile, the local council polls scheduled to hold in June has been cancelled by the state government due to the rise in violent attacks in the state.
Citing security challenge as reason for the cancellation of the council polls, Chairman of the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YBSIEC), Mohammed Abdu Jauro at a meeting with leaders of political parties, security agencies and journalists today said the Commission would no longer go ahead with elections into the 17 local governments in the state.
“I want to state clearly that the election will be rescheduled at a later date when the security situation improves,” Jauro stated, adding that elections can only be held in a peaceful atmosphere.
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