THE Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Garba Baba Umar, on Wednesday, announced the arrest of a notorious and wanted Boko Haram member, one Muhammad Adamu Nafiu, by detectives of the state command.
According to a press statement signed by the police boss and made available to Metro by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Mohammed, the wanted fugitive was arrested following intelligence report at Tama village in Toro Local Government Area of the state last week Wednesday.
Umar stated that the suspect, who is serial number 176 on the list of wanted Boko Haram chiefs released by the Nigerian Army, relocated to Tama village when the dreaded group’s fortress, Sambisa forest, fell.
The police boss revealed that the suspect had confessed to killing over 150 people in Baga Local Government Area of Borno State.
“On the April 12, at about 5:00p.m, following intelligence report and painstaking surveillance, detectives attached to the command arrested one Muhammad Adamu Nafiu, 25, of Balanga in Gombe State at Tama village in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
“The suspect is a notorious member of Boko Haram who relocated to Tama village in order to evade arrest after they were dislodged by troops at Sambisa forest.
“Preliminary investigation also revealed that suspect was among those declared wanted by the Nigerian Army on Serial Number 176 on its wanted list.
“He has voluntarily confessed to have killed over 150 people in Baga, Borno State,” the release stated, adding that he would be handed over to the appropriate authority after the discreet investigation he is currently undergoing.
In another development, the state police boss informed that the command, in collaboration with the military, arrested a 20-year-old notorious political thug, known as Sara-Suka in the state, one Osama Abubakar of Malam Goje area of Bauchi metropolis.
Umar added that the suspect used a sharp knife to cut off the left hand of another Sara-Suka, one Abdul-aziz Mohd, 23, adding that exhibits recovered from him included two sharp knives used in perpetrating the act.
The police boss stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was convicted for similar offence in 2016, adding that he (suspect) had voluntarily confessed and was assisting the police with useful information that would help in apprehending his accomplices.