A commander of the Boko Haram insurgents fleeing capture by the Nigerian army after the fall of the Islamist sect’s stronghold Sambisa forest has been arrested in Lagos state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unnamed commander was arrested in the Ikorodu area of Lagos on Saturday, December 24.
The arrest was disclosed by the chief of army staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai on Sunday, December 25, at the re-opening of two major roads (Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak and Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga) in Borno state which were closed since 2013 at the height of Boko Haram attacks in the northern state.
NAN quotes Buratai as charging troops in the North East to pursue the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists and intercept them.
“You must maintain the momentum of the operation. We must pursue the terrorists wherever they are. We must not allow them to regroup,” he said.