The Nigerian military authorities have announced on Tuesday that a high-value target in the Boko Haram war has been captured by the police in Ondo State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, made the announcement in a statement in Maiduguri and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Kukasheka disclosed that Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, was captured while trying to evade arrest.
Well known by the name Idoko or Nagada, the 42-year-old Babawo has been identified as number 156 in the Boko Haram wanted list, said the military spokesman.
He added that the jihadist had since been handed over to the military.
“The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police on Sept. 24 at about 2: 00 p.m., arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorist, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, believed to be number 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists list.
“He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army at about 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 25 by the Ondo State Police Command.”
Kukasheka said that preliminary investigations showed that the terrorist hailed from Chinade village in the Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The military spokesman further said that Babawo escaped from the North-East because of what he described as sustained military onslaught on the jihadists.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has said that plans to prosecute about 2,541 suspected Boko Haram terrorists are underway.