By Hassan Jirgi, Maiduguri
The Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, said troops have arrested a suspected female Boko Haram member who engages in recruitment of youth into the deadly sect.
He disclosed this in a statement on Sunday which was available to newsmen. He said that Troops have arrested Zainab Usman who is suspected to be the wife of a logistics supplier to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters, was apprehended in the Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State.
According to Iliyasu: “the Joint Tactical Team deployed to Borno and Yobe states apprehended a Boko Haram female recruiter, one Zainab Usman at Modu Sulemri area of Abujan Talakawa Ward of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council in Borno State.”
He further said this was as the Army said the troops also foiled a planned attack on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area of the state, by suspected terrorist elements.
He, therefore, said the Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a wife of Alai Usman, a high profile Islamic State West Africa Province logistics supplier.
The suspect is believed to be in contact with other high profile Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province Commanders, helping them to recruit young fighters,” Iliyasu said.
He assured that Ngala operation, he stated that: “In tune with their recently declared resolve to sustain their efforts until all the remnants of another criminal Boko Haram/ISWAP are completely fished out.
“The troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have thwarted the nefarious plans of the insurgents to attack some soft targets in Gamboru Ngala with a view to demonstrating their resilience which is clearly,” said.