Security operatives of the 3 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Kano State North Western Nigeria have arrested two suspected members of the boko haram sect who are believed to be the killers of General Mamman Shuwa at his residence in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The late Shuwa, a veteran of the Nigeria civil, war was murdered in front of his house in the Gwange area of his home town, Maiduguri on November 2, 2012.
The two suspects Ali Mohammed a.k.a (Amir) 25 and Mohammed Sani Nafiu, 35 were paraded before journalists at the parade ground of the Brigade headquarters in Kano.
The Brigade Commander, Brigadier-General Hammisu Hassan said the arrest of the two suspected boko haram kingpins was based on sustained intelligence operation, which led to their arrest in Hotoro quarters of the Kano metropolis.
He said the two suspected boko haram members were arrested on April 30, 2016 and May 1, 2016 respectively.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that Mohammed Sani Nafiu aided the terrorist, who killed the late General Shuwa (rtd), who was murdered in his Maiduguri home 2 November, 2012” stressed Hassan
Upon interrogation by journalists, Nafiu denied being one of the killers of General Shuwa but confessed that he undertook studies with the dreaded boko haram sect as a disciple of Mohammed Yusuf who was their spiritual leader.
Hassan said Mohammed a.k.a (Amir) was a preacher of the late Mohammadu Yusuf sect in Baga (Borno State) and “was reported to have led his followers to reinforce Boko Haram fighters during their battle with security agencies that led to the defeat of their leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009.”
He stated that Mohammed who is also known to be a strong accomplice of the killer of the late, general shuwa, disappeared underground since 2009 and was thought to have been killed but through intelligence was traced to his hideout and arrested in Hotoro.
Items recovered from Ali Mohammed include, a black Volkswagen Golf car, with registration number, Delta-GWK 775 PP, one GSM phone and the sum of N20, 100.
While the troops also recovered one GSM phone and the sum of N300 from Mohammed Sani Nafiu.
Hassan said the suspects are now assisting investigative team to ascertain their real status in the boko haram terrorist organisation.
” I want to use this medium to reiterate the stance of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai in ridding Nigerian territories of boko haram terrorists.”
” I am also warning the fleeing terrorists that the Nigerian Armed Forces are not relenting in their efforts to crush them.” Emphasised Hassan
He also thanked the Nigerian public for their support in the fight against terrorism, while urging them to be law abiding, conscious of what is happening around them and report to the security agencies.