Army authorities say Special Forces prosecuting the war on terror in Nigeria’s north have arrested a Boko Haram Commander identified as Bulama Modu, who has for long been wanted by security agencies.

The troops also rescued 241 hostages particularly women and children.

According to a statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, on Wednesday, advancing troops along Banki axis made tremendous progress during which they cleared two Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Jangurori and Bulatori villages.

“In addition to that, the troops have also arrested 43 suspected Boko Haram terrorists including one of the Boko Haram kingpins in the area, Bulama Modu who is an ‘Amir’ of Bulakuri.

“The troops also rescued 241 women and children during the operation.

“To further confirm what was said earlier about the terrorists abandoning their commanders and burying weapons, one Mohammed Modu led troops to where he buried his AK-47 rifle at Jangurori village.

“Apart from arms and ammunitions, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin. He confirmed that the terrorists also gave him a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits.”

“Similary, the gallant troops arrested one suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Aji Gambo, at Wudla village who revealed that the Boko Haram terrorists that attacked Kirawa and Kolofata in the northern part of Cameroon were from Dara Jamel village Nigeria, where they had an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) factory.

“He further stated that the suicide bombers and the IED were prepared by Abdulrahaman Alkali Isa, Ba’ana Hisuba and Alkali Isa Karami, natives of Dara Jamel. He however noted that the perpetrators have fled to Sumbulum village.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai who keeps close tab on the progress of the troops has commended them for their impressive performance thus far.

“The troops who are in very high spirits have reiterated their determination to continue with the fight against Boko Haram terrorists till they clear them from all known camps and enclaves,” the statement read.

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