WORLD Nigerian police nab Boko Haram kingpin


Nigerian police nab Boko Haram kingpin


20:23, December 22, 2018

LAGOS, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- A notorious and wanted Boko Haram terrorists leader, c, and seven others responsible for the deadly bombings in Abuja in 2015 have been arrested by the Nigerian police, a spokesperson said.


A boy tries to walk past the remains of burnt down by Boko Haram Islamists fighters in the Maiborti village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on December 17, 2018. (Photo: VCG)

Abdulmalik was arrested by the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on Thursday at Ibafor area of Lagos state while receiving treatment from the bullet wound he sustained during exchange of fire with the police on Nov. 26 in Abuja.

The suspects were also responsible for the killings of seven police officer in Galadimawa roundabout in Abuja on July 2, national police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood said in a statement on Saturday.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included four AK47 rifles, six magazines, 270 rounds of AK47 ammunition, two police walkie talkie radio carted away after killing the policemen.

He said they were also responsible for the killings of two other police officers around Abaji in June and one police officer in Lugbe in November, both being the satellite towns of Abuja.

Moshood said Abdulmalik and his gang were also responsible for the attack and jail break at the Medium Security Prison, Minna, Niger in June.

He said 219 prisoners serving jail terms for capital offences and other crimes escaped from custody during the jail break.

The police spokesman said two Boko Haram members under Abdulmalik in the Minna prison were rescued by him during the jail break.

Moshood said the suspects have all confessed to committing the crime.

Abdulmalik confessed to be leader of Boko Haram cell in Kogi state and was responsible for many terrorist attacks across the restive northeast, Niger state and the Federal Capital Territory.

Moshood said investigation was being intensified to arrest other members of the Boko Haram cell under the control of Abdulmalik.

The spokesman said that the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

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