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Suspected Boko Haram members arrested at IDPs camp Maduguri


No, not business as usual for the suspected Islamic sect who disguised themselves as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Maiduguri camps  Borno state capital.

The news has it that scores of the militants who disguised themselves as IDPs were arrested on Tuesday evening. The militants were said to have fled Bama along with the IDPs few months ago.

They were reported to have been isolating themselves and moving in a group at the IDPs camp, resulting in their movements being monitored by the security operatives as well as the Civilian JTF.

The sects were said to have been rounded up on Tuesday evening at one of the IDPs camps when guns and other dangerous objects were found on some of them.

A civilian JTF member, Abba Kolo, said that the suspected terrorists were arrested by the military and the civilian JTF based on insider's information.

"The arrested suspected Boko Haram insurgents, who fled Bama along with IDPs and had form a syndicate along Bama road at Yanshayi opposite Tashan Bama in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, were rounded up by soldiers," he said.

He further stated that the arrested suspects were brought to the headquarters of Sector 3 around Gidan Madara 'Milk shop' Tuesday evening before being taken to Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri.

"Those who were arrested yesterday (Tuesday) were said to have been seen on several occasions isolating themselves from the rest of the people at the camp.

"Guns were seen in the possession of some of them which made some other people at the camp to tip off the military and the volunteer youth group who subsequently rounded them up," he added.

Kolo's confirmation came as military sources, craving anonymity, said: "on receiving information from a member of the public that some people  were having illicit meetings at one of the IDPs camp in Maiduguri, we moved to round them up and we were able to arrest some."

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