THE National Information Centre (NIC) has confirmed the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram accomplice and informant, Hafsat Bako.
The arrest was confirmed in a post on the Facebook page of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
Minister of State For Defence, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro, also confirmed the arrest via his Twitter handle @MObanikoro.
The arrest came after bombs went off in Kaduna and Maiduguri on Tuesday.
Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, also confirmed the arrest of a businessman, Babuji Ya’ari, based in Maiduguri, Borno State, who allegedly helped the insurgents plan several attacks and murders under the cover of a pro-government vigilance group, Civil JTF, fighting Boko Haram.
Two women were also arrested, with one accused of coordinating payments to other “operatives.”
Olukolade said Ya’ari used his membership of the Civilian JTF “as a cover, while remaining an active terrorist.”
Boko Haram threatens schoolgirls’ abduction in Nasarawa
Ademola Adegbite – Lafia
Meanwhile, the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, on Wednesday, sent letters to three government secondary schools in Nasarawa State, threatening to abduct some schoolgirls in the next couple of days.
Nigerian Tribune exclusively learnt the development on Wednesday night.
The latest development, according to one of the staffers of one of the schools, had put the state government and the managements of the said schools on the edge.
Impeccable source told the Nigerian Tribune that the letters were received on Wednesday afternoon from local dispatch riders, who stopped at the gates of the schools and handed them to security guards on duty.
The letters were said to have been addressed to principals of the affected schools, informing them of plans by the Boko Haram group to abduct schoolgirls from Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Lafia and two other schools which names and locations could not be ascertained as of press time.
Confirming the purported letter, the state Commissioner for Education, Yakubu Na’Hauwa, said there was a letter purportedly written by Boko Haram group to the principal of GSSS, Lafia, making threat to abduct female students of the school soon.
The commissioner said the letter sought the principal’s cooperation with the insurgent group to avoid bloodshed during the abduction campaign.
He could not, however, confirm that two other schools received a similar letter purportedly written by the insurgents.
According to him, “I was not in the state, but I returned to receive a complaint from the principal of GSSS, Lafia, about the purported threat letter by Boko Haram to abduct female students from the school.”
He said he had urgently instructed the permanent secretary of the ministry to do a formal complaint to the state government, drawing attention to the letter and the need to quickly act.
In his reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ismaila Numan, said his office had no information on the incident yet.
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