JTF Arrests Boko Haram’s Medical Doctor, Lawyer in Borno, Yobe
The Joint Task Force, JTF, in the three troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, where a state of emergency is currently in effect has arrested a medical doctor believed to be the medical consultant to the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State.
The Doctor whose identity is yet to be made known by the military authorities is also a consultant with the World Health Organization (WHO).
It was gathered from reliable security sources that the arrest of the medical doctor followed a tip-off that the terrorists had a well organized mobile medical facility with which wounded insurgents are treated.
“In fact, what gave him out was his suit case containing sophisticated medical equipment with which he provided diagnostic services to the terrorists”, the source said.
Disclosing how the doctor was arrested, the source said: “A truck suspected to be carrying insurgents and IEDS as well as other dangerous weapons was stopped at a check point but it sped off. Unknown to the truck’s driver and other occupants of the truck, there was another checkpoint which had been alerted of their coming. When the truck got to that checkpoint, the security operatives fired at it while the occupants ran into the bush.
“When the truck was searched, various types of IEDS, AK 47 rifles and other bomb-making materials were found. Also found was a suit case containing medical equipment. After some time, when the doctor felt the Special Forces had left, he came back to retrieve his suit case but was ambushed and arrested”.
The source added that “immediately the doctor was arrested, Amnesty International was calling the military authorities alleging that an innocent doctor has been arrested by the JTF forces and that he should be released because of his human rights, though the military authorities are not moved by their plea”.
In another development, a legal practitioner (names with-held), who always provides legal services for suspected Boko Haram terrorists each time they were arrested have also been taken into custody by men of the Joint Task Force in Yobe state.
He was said to be an ideological/ intellectual contributor to their activities in Yobe State.
His arrest is believed to have been responsible for the recent attack at Government Secondary School, near Potiskum in Yobe State during where 29 students and a teacher were killed.
Following his arrest by JTF forces, the lawyer allegedly said, “So you have arrested me. Let me warn you that this town will know no peace until I am released”.
The source said that two days after, the secondary school near Potiskum was attacked and the children (students) slaughtered”.
After the massacre of the children, neighbours living in the area said they heard the terrorists shouting “Allahu Akbar, yes we have taken revenge for his arrest”.
The source said: “The most horrifying aspect of the students’ killing was that they asked the students, both boys and girls to pull off their dresses, and any student found with pubic hair on his or her private parts, was not only shot and killed, they also used axes or machetes to cut off their legs from their body”.
Both the medical doctor and the lawyer are however said to be in custody of the JTF forces and would not be released until investigations into their alleged connivance with the terrorists are concluded and they are prosecuted”.
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