The military authorities announced yesterday that a highly placed target in the Boko Haram war had been captured by the police in Ondo State.
Director of Army Public Relations Brig-Gen. Sani Usman broke the news in a statement in Maiduguri.
According to the spokesman, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, the top Boko Haram commander, is No. 156 on the Boko Haram wanted list.
Babawo, 42, who also goes by the name, Idoko or Nagada, was captured while trying to evade arrest.
Usman said Babawo had been handed over to the military.
“The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police, on September 24, about 2 pm., arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorist, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, believed to be No. 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists list.
“He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, about 2 pm., on September 25, by the Ondo State Police Command.”
Usman said that preliminary investigation showed that the suspected terrorist hailed from Chinade village in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
He said Babawo escaped from the Northeast because of ‘’sustained military onslaught on the jihadists’’.
General Usman said troops of 1 Division on Operation Sharan Daji raided camps of suspected bandits and cattle rustlers at Kahiru forest, Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing one of them, and recovering cows, sheep and goats from them.
He said: “On approaching the camp, the suspected bandits opened fire on the troops and attempted to escape. The troops returned fire, killing one of the bandits and recovered 50 cows, 82 goats and 25 sheep abandoned by the bandits”.