The 3 suspects arrested by the Police, after what authorities call a mop-up of the Ansaru terror camp in Kaduna. Photo: Twitter/PoliceNG
The police on Sunday announced the arrest of three suspects involved in an attack on the Emir of Potiskum, Umar Bubaram.
More than 20 people were killed when the Emir’s convoy was attacked in Kaduna.
Four of the slain victims were aides of the emir.
The Force Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement on Sunday named the arrested suspects as Munkailu Liman Isah aka Babban Driver (32). Abdullahi Saminu aka Danmunafiki (21) and Aminu Usman (22). These arrests bring the number of suspects arrested in connection to the January attack to eight.
He said the three are members of a terror group, Ansaru, which has operated in Northern Nigeria for about a decade.
Ansaru was a faction of Boko Haram, until it became independent in 2012.
In what is its first claimed operation since 2013, Ansaru announced via Al-Qaeda’s Al Hijrah Media that it was behind the 14 January 2020 attack on a convoy of the Emir of Potiskum which was travelling on Kaduna-Zaria road in which 30 people, including six Nigerian Army soldiers, were killed.
Sustained mop-up operations
The arrest followed ‘mop-up’ operations by police operatives at the operational base of the Ansaru group in Kuduru Forest, Birnin-Gwari, Mr Mba said, adding that the suspects are assisting investigators with information relating to the operations of the group.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the arrested suspects were actively involved in the recent attack and attempted kidnap of the Emir of Potiskum that resulted in the gruesome killing of the Emir’s police escorts,” he said.
“Unfortunately, investigation also reveals that some citizens, especially those within the business community, give tacit support to the terror groups by deliberately doing businesses with them through the supply of essential goods, drugs (licit/illicit) and other services.
Police operatives are on the close trail of other fleeing members of the terror groups and their collaborators,” Mr Mba said.