Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force, JTF, on Operation Restore Order ORO, said yesterday that it had arrested suspected killers of war veteran, Maj.-Gen. Mohammadu Shuwa, in Maiduguri, Borno State.
JTF Spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, who stated this in a statement in Maiduguri, said the arrest followed series of investigations by the task force.
“It will be recalled that an elder statesman, retired Maj.-Gen. Mohammadu Shuwa, was shot dead by gunmen in front of his house in Gwange, Maiduguri on November 12, 2012.
“Preliminary investigation by the JTF has identified two key suspected Boko Haram terrorists: Mohammed Ibn Saleh and Abdulkareem Ibrahim, as the masterminds of the killing,” Musa said.
He added that a special operation was carried out by the JTF to get the suspected killers.
“Consequently, a special operation was conducted on November 15, 2012 by the task force with a view to arresting the culprits, which led to the death of Ibn Saleh during a shoot out in a house at Bulabulin Ngarnam.
“Similarly, on December 2, 2012, Abdulkareem was arrested with a fatal injury that resulted in his death on December 6, 2012. A member of the syndicate, one Bulama Bur died on December 2, 2012 in an encounter with JTF troops.”
He said that JTF also arrested four other members of the gang.
“Sequel to Abdulkareem’s confession, four other members of the syndicate were identified and three of them arrested between January and March, while one of the culprits is at large.
He said that one of those arrested was “actively involved in the planning and execution of the plan that led to the killing of Shuwa, while the two others played various indirect roles.
“Both have confessed to being members of Boko Haram and equally confessed to carrying out various attacks both on military and civilian targets.”
JTF added that they allegedly extorted about N20 million from late Alhaji Ibrahim Mai Sugar, among others.—NAN.