JTF Arrests Another Boko Haram Leader, Mohammed Zangina In Maiduguri
Barely 48 hours after operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) arrested a top Boko Haram member, Hassan Pagi Bukar at the residence of a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tijani Umara Kumalia, another high ranking leader of the sect, Mohammed Zangina was yesterday arrested by security agents attached to the Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Restore Order in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, the JTF spokesman, Zangina who was among the top Boko Haram leaders declared wanted by the JTF last year was nabbed at GRA Maiduguri in the early hours of Sunday.
“The Joint Task Force Operation RESTORE ORDER has arrested Mohammed Zangina, a high profile Boko Haram Commander and Shura Committee member at about 12:30 am yesterday (Sunday), January 13, 2013 in the Government Reserved Area (GRA), Maiduguri,” Musa said in the statement, adding that Zangina was in Maiduguri “to plan several deadly attacks against civilians and security personnel any moment from yesterday (Sunday).”
“Mohammed Zangina a.k.a Mallam Abdullahi often referred to as Alhaji Musa is the leader of the sect in the North Central part of Nigeria and Coordinator of most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum. Zangina is a key member of the Shura Committee of the Boko Haram and he is among those declared wanted and a bounty N25 million was placed on him by the JTF on November 23, 2012. He survived several security manhunts on his hideouts in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum. His arrest was effected by JTF troops following a special operation conducted in GRA, Maiduguri. He is undergoing interrogation,” the JTF spokesman added.
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