By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
A man suspected to be a food supplier to the extremist group Boko Haram has been arrested by troops and local vigilantes in Azare community, Gujba Local Government area of Yobe State.
The suspect named Muhammed Bulama has been on the Nigerian military wanted list for some time was nabbed by the troops on Tuesday.
Arrested alongside Bulama were two other suspects named Ardo Abba Muhammed (who claimed to be an elder brother to Bulama) and Muhammadu Kaigama.
The three suspects were arrested as they made their way to the market to sell some sheep for the extremist group.
According to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, Bulama personally identified his photograph in the wanted list and confessed that he specialized in rearing animals for the terrorist group.
Usman said the other three suspects also confessed they came to Azare to sell the animals after the group ran out of cash in their camp and were also meant to procure some food items for the upcoming Sallah festivity.
Also on Tuesday, troops arrested a suspected national economy saboteur and alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire Force” militant group, Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje.
Usman said he was arrested with an accomplice named Elvis Dweller Ejus.
The group had allegedly threatened to attack the Utorogu Gas Plant and is alleged to be responsible for the blowing of NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of August 2016.
The suspected militant was arrested along Agbor-Abraka road, Edo State while he was trailed by the troops. He has been on the run since he was declared wanted because of his public declaration as the leader of the militant group “Otugas Fire Force”.
Ogbudje had made media headlines when he declared his operation code named “Crocodile Tears”, an metaphor to the Army’s ongoing military exercise nicknamed “Operation Crocodile Smile”.
Col Usman said both suspects have been handed over to Operation DELTA SAFE for further interrogation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency for prosecutions.
Also troops of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Air Force and covert operatives of the Defence Intelligence Agency, arrested a suspected kingpin of the Niger Delta Avengers, Isaac Romeo, that goes by the appellation of “G2” in their terrorists camp.
He was arrested along with two other persons; Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross State while driving in a vehicle with registration number, CRS 86 AO1 on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.