Monday, 26 October 2015

Security Alert! 4 Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Arrested At Yobe IDPs Camp, Nigeria

Security operatives yesterday arrested four insurgents who attempted to enter the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital. Two of the suspects initially disguised as visitors to see relations at the camp but were apprehended. The two others, who came separately later, were also arrested while trying to enter the camp.

The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed the arrest. Jidawa explained that “security operatives and some IDPs screening entries and exit from the camp identified the suspects, who were later confirmed as insurgents by the IDPs from their communities.”

One of the suspects came to the camp where his father, mother, wife and child were all taking refuge. The SEMA executive secretary said: “A member of his Turo Kura village identified the suspect and raised an alarm, saying he belong to the sect and the suspect’s father, also an IDP at the camp, confirmed it, which led to his arrest.”

The suspect’s father, who pleaded not to be identified, told newsmen that he narrowly escaped from the son in the village when he targeted to kill him. “I have nothing to do with him; he should be arrested and killed just like he killed others,” the father said.

The SEMA secretary said the Agency had reinforced security checks and means of identification to ensure that non-members do not slip into the camp. In another development, the troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army foiled a bomb blast at the Jimtilo military checkpoint in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Soldiers at the checkpoint sighted the suicide bombers in a car and opened fired on them. “The soldiers opened fire on the terrorists and the car exploded killing the four occupants,” Mallam Garba Idi, a driver who was at the checkpoint, said. The incident occurred about 1:30p.m. Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the December deadline given by the Federal Government to flush out Book Haram was feasible.