The Nigerian military recently published posters of the hundred most wanted Boko Haram terrorists, and the flyers have paid off, as two of the militants on the list have been arrested.
The first arrest, Chindo Bello, took place on Sunday at the airport in the town of Abuja.
“Chindo Bello was apprehended by aviation security as he was boarding (an) Aero Contractors’ flight to Lagos,” [Army spokesperson Colonel Sani] Usman said.
The second arrest took place on Monday when authorities spotted Ishaku Wardifen at a checkpoint in Adamawa state in the northeastern part of the country.
“As all hands are on deck to finally defeat Boko Haram terrorists in our country, today in the morning, another declared wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Ishaku Wardifen, was nabbed by vigilant troops of 23 Brigade Special Battalion at a checkpoint in Maiha, Adamawa State.
“Preliminary interrogation revealed that the suspected terrorist is a Cameroonian citizen.
“Visual matching with photographs on the poster of the 100 declared suspected Boko Haram terrorists wanted list released by the Nigerian Army last month shows that he clearly resembles the suspect on serial number 22 on the list,” Usman said.
Military investigators are interrogating the two men in the hopes that their apprehension can lead to even more arrests. The flyers, which authorities have published in English as well as the regional languages of Hausa and Kanuri, appeal to the public to help locate as many of the Boko Haram militants on the list as possible.
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