By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Fear has gripped residents of Ifo in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State following the arrest of a member of a dreaded Boko Haram sect in the area.
The Ogun State Police Command said, yesterday, that it arrested a 22-year-old self-confessed member of Boko Haram sect, identified as Giraima Umaru at Ishari Kara cattle market in Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed the arrest through a statement in Abeokuta.
He attributed the arrest of Umaru, from Bulunkutu Kasuwa in Maiduguri to robust intelligence gathering of the command.
“The suspect, who confessed to have fled Maiduguri due to aggressive man-hunt by security operatives, was picked up by police operatives in Ogun State on a tip-off.
“Umaru has confessed to the police to have participated in the killing of many innocent Nigerians before the declaration of the state of emergency in three states including Borno.
“The command appreciates the good people of the state for their collaboration and sharing of information that made the police to be proactive in preventing crimes and criminality in the state.
“Commissioner of police, CP Ikemefuna Okoye has, therefore, reassured the general public of adequate protection of lives and property and confidentiality of any information given to the police,” the statement said.
Adejobi, however, disclosed that, the suspect was in an undisclosed cell.