Thursday, March 3, 2016

Soldiers arrest four Boko Haram spies in Bauchi

The soldiers of the 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Bauchi, have arrested four persons for carrying out surveillance activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Soldiers arrest four Boko Haram spies in Bauchi

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Wednesday one the detained terrorists spies, Victor Moses, carried out a surveillance mission for the Boko Haram before the attack on the Catholic Church at Madallah, Niger State on December 25, 2011.

According Usman, the spies included Victor Moses, Abubakar Shettima, Salisu Mohammed and Umar Sadiq Madaki.

He said that the troops arrested the Boko Haram spies when Victor Modes went to a mosque ostensibly to get converted to Islam in Bauchi.

He said that the worshippers who doubted the sincerity of Moses alerted the security operatives who arrested him and commenced a process of investigation into the matter.

Moses was said to have confessed to the military interrogators that he was working for an Islamic Cleric in Gombe who was at large.

He was also said to have mentioned one Abubakar Shettima, who is based in Jos, as the link between him and the cleric.

Usman said that Moses also confessed that he carried out surveillance activities for the Boko Haram on places targeted for attack including the Madalla church Christmas day attack.

“The headquarters of 33 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Bauchi, has arrested four persons suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists spies that include the one that carried out surveillance on the Madalla church before it was bombed.

“The men Victor Moses, Abubakar Shettima, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Sadiq Madaki have been carrying out surveillance mission for the Boko Haram terrorists on target for suicide bombings or attacks.

“Luck ran out for them when Victor Moses went to a mosque in Bauchi and pretended that he wanted to be converted to Islam and the people suspecting that he was not genuine, promptly reported the matter.

“On interrogation he confirmed that he was working for an Islamic cleric in Gombe (now at large) and that their point of contact was Abubakar Shetima based in Jos. He confessed to casing targets for suicide bomb attacks including that of the Catholic Church Madalla, Suleja, Niger State on Christmas day, 25th December 2011.” The statement read in part.

Usman said that the four Boko Haram spies, undergoing interrogation at the headquarters of the 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi, were paraded by the Brigade’s Commander, Brig. Gen. Abraham Dusu, on Monday.

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