BY NDAHI MARAMA
MAIDUGURI—Forty Eight hours after the killing of a vigilante youth by a policeman in Maiduguri, Borno State, members of the state’s Vigilance Youth Group, BVYG, have arrested 19 Boko Haram terror suspects in five villages of Konduga Local Government Area.
The arrest of the suspects last Monday, according to a vigilante youth, Ibrahim Yakub, was made in a three-day “search and hunt” of fleeing Boko Haram sect members at Konduga town and neighbouring villages of the council.
Konduga, which is 40 kilometres East of Maiduguri, the state capital, was where 55 people, including eight policemen and soldiers, were killed in August by the insurgents at a place of worship.
Speaking on the arrest yesterday in Maiduguri, one of the youths, Abubakar Goni Adam, said the 19 terror suspects were pursued to the villages of Konduga and communities bordering Sambisa Games Reserves Forest.
“The fleeing Boko Haram sect members had been hiding in the forests, but with the destruction of their training camps and hideouts by Special Operational Forces of Nigerian Army in June, the sect members fled to towns and villages bordering the forests.
“Our members had to intervene and act in tracking down these people that attack and kill in affected areas of the state. With the assistance of soldiers and the police, we are able to arrest 19 suspects along with some rifles and ammunition at Konduga at the weekend,” he said.
Vanguard also learned that the arrested suspects were tied with their hands behind their backs before they were transported to Maiduguri and handed to soldiers of 7 Division of Nigerian Army yesterday.
Borno State Police Commissioner, Lawal Tanko, also yesterday confirmed the arrests of the terror suspects by the youths.
He said some rifles and ammunition were recovered by youths from the fleeing Boko Haram sect members.
Tanko said: “Our attention now has concentrated on the patrol of these towns and villages on market days; as the gunmen take advantage of market days to launch attacks on innocent people.”