The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it arrested a suspected kingpin of Boko Haram.
The suspected terrorist was identified as Mohammed Zauro.
He was arrested at Sabon Gari, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state on Tuesday, according to the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman.
He said troops of “Operation Lafiya Dole’’ with assistance of Vigilantes on routine checks, identified and arrested Mr Mohammed Zauro, at Sabon Gari, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno.
“On Tuesday,Aug. 2, at about 8.30 a.m., Preliminary investigation shows that the suspected terrorist kingpin was arrested as he was trying to flee to Birnin Kebbi, from Sambisa forest.
“The troops recovered a Gionee cell phone and a fake SAIE/JIBWIS identification card to perfect his escape and the sum of N7, 900,’’ it said.
In a related development, troops also intercepted another suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mr Lawal Aboi, along Damboa-Bale road.
He said Aboi was on his way to voluntarily surrender to the troops in Damboa because he was tired of fighting for no just cause.
Usman said both suspects were under further interrogation.