A popular non-governmental security group known as the Vigilantes made a wonderful impart in the ongoing war against terrorism in Nigeria. The group was able to capture six members of Boko Haram identified to be part of the list of a hundred of the most wanted Boko Haram members released by the Nigerian Army recently.
While addressing an audience on July 8, 2016 at Ijora in Lagos, the head of the Vigilantes group, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed also known as Mai-Kanuribe of Lagos and the Seriki Hausawa of Ijora Kingdom said that the six suspects were arrested in separate areas in Lagos State. Ibrahim and Babagana of Bama and Konduga LGA respectively, were arrested at the same time as Isheri-Ojodu Berger. In addition, Mohamed from Baga and Kamselem who came from Bana LGA council were found in a friend’s hide-out on Victoria Island, Lagos while Adam was picked up from a 40-ft container inside a church in the Festac town of Lagos State.
All the alleged suspects showed signs that they had been suffering from poor nutrition and lack of freedom of movement for a very long time. The pastor of the church where Adam was arrested was shocked to see the suspect locked in the container on his church premises.
At about 5 p.m. local time on Friday July 8, 2016, members of Boko Haram engaged Nigerian troops in combat in an army location at Rann Kala Balge local government area of Borno State. Although two of the Nigerian Army members were killed while three were injured, sixteen of the Boko Haram set were also killed, two captured alive while many of them fled with severe injuries.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col Sani Usman therefore warned that the activity of the Boko Haram members is spreading to to all states in Nigeria and maximum corporation of the community is needed to triumph over the insurgents.