The Civilian Joint Task Force, C-JTF, in the ongoing counterterrorism war in the North-East Nigeria has reportedly arrested a Boko Haram kingpin, Jarasu Shira, and 10 other terror suspects in Damboa, Borno State.
This is even as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said it had uncovered plans by Boko Haram to attack Bauchi State.
According to reports, Shira, who was reportedly on his way to Lagos, was arrested yesterday at about 8.30am at a motor park alongside 10 others who escorted him to Damboa to connect a vehicle to Biu to Lagos.
The suspects have been handed over to military authorities in Biu, Borno State.
It was gathered further that Shira, also known as Jarido, is number one on the new list of wanted men by the Nigeria military and was disguised in a cowboy outfit when he was caught.
He is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba Local Government Areas of Borno State.
In a related development, a road side bomb reportedly went off yesterday when a passing military vehicle stepped on it.
Recall that the police arrested 150 suspected terrorists on Thursday, January 14, in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The suspects were reportedly coming from Kebbi State and heading towards Ore town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state before they were arrested.
On Friday, December 4, 2015, one of the 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists declared wanted by the Nigerian Army was apprehended along the Borno-Adamawa border.
Meanwhile, having been pushed from their base in Sambisa forest by the renewed military onslaught, intelligence reports say that Boko Haram terrorists are planning to launch an attack in Bauchi State.
This was disclosed during a two-day workshop on the ‘Roles of Private Guards in Curbing Insurgency in Bauchi State’ organised by the state command of the NSCDC, in collaboration with the state government.
It was stated that intelligence gathering say the insurgents plan to infiltrate the state using private guards disguised as fruits sellers, hence the staging of the workshop wass to sensitise private guards.
In his welcome address, the state commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Donatus Ikemefuna said the people must cooperate to ward off the challenge of insurgency not only in the country but globally.
According to him, “As the nation is at the verge of routing out the insurgents in the North-East, no stone must be left unturned to make sure ugly developments do not resurface. Our resolve to work together particularly in the areas of operation and intelligence-sharing will continue to form impenetrable wall against vices. Nigerians must support the government at this critical period by cooperating with security agencies in maintaining law and order,” he stated.

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