The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said on Tuesday that troops had arrested a financier of the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Usman said in a statement that that the man, identified as Mohammed Maina, was arrested in Bama with N1m cash on him.
He said that the suspect was also a supplier of kola nuts and other stimulants to the insurgents.
The Army spokesman said that the suspect, a native of Shuari Village in Bama Local Government Area, might have been collecting monetary contributions from Boko Haram sympathisers along the Maiduguri-Dikwa-Kulli axis of the state.
Usman stated also that the soldiers of the 112 Battalion and some Special Forces carried out a joint raid on Boko Haram’s camps at Bulungwa Naibe in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State on Monday and recovered some items from them.
He stated also that several of the insurgents were killed in the operation.
He said that the items recovered from them included “one Buffalo vehicle mounted with an anti-aircraft gun, a rocket-propelled grenade, two machine guns and one sub-machine gun, five AK-47, one Fabrique nationale rifle and two sewing machines used for sewing uniforms by the terrorists.”
Usman also said that soldiers had arrested three suspected collaborators of the Boko Haram insurgents following the arrest of Maina.
Usman said that Maina had been making useful statements which led to the arrest of the three suspected collaborators in Maiduguri.
He gave the names of those arrested as Jikana Alhaji Goni, 29, Alhaji Musa Modu, 37, and Alhaji Aba’ana Na Sule, aged 40, all of Hausari Ward, Maiduguri.
He said that those arrested were being interrogated by the military.
Another suspected Boko Haram sponsor, Aliyu Hussaini, who has also been parading himself as a military brigadier general has been arrested.
The Nigerian Army in a statement on Tuesday said that Hussaini was arrested by soldiers of the 33rd Artillery Brigade in Bauchi State during a raid.
The statement read, “The 33 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, has recorded another landmark success in the ongoing Operation Zaman Lafiyah as troops of the brigade recently arrested one Aliyu Hussaini, popularly known as Colonel, a suspected Boko Haram terrorist and an Impostor who has been parading himself as a Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army.
“The troops, who were acting on a tip-off, said Aliyu Hussaini was a sponsor and also a member of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation. (They) carried out a raid operation, which led to the successful arrest of Aliyu and another suspected Boko Haram member, one Ibrahim Mohammed, who is also known as Yuram.
“It was later gathered that Aliyu had been defrauding innocent citizens (with the claim) that he was a general in the Nigerian Army.”