Chibok Girls: Army Makes Significant Arrest

The identity of one of the masterminds of the abduction of Chibok girls on April 14, 2014, will soon be made public subject to verification by the Nigerian Army.
Chibok girls

The Chibok girls were kidnapped from their government secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno state by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014.

Jarasu Shirawho, who is believed to be the sect leader around Damboa-Chibok-Askira axis of Borno state before he was apprehended last week in the state is believed to be one of the masterminds of the Chibok girls abduction.

Disclosing details of the arrest of the suspected leader of the Boko Haram sect, Major General Lucky Irabor, the deputy theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that the suspect was arrested in one of the routine operations by soldiers.

He said: “We have in our custody a good number of suspected terrorists that were apprehended as a result of our routine operations.

“One of those suspects is believed to be on the list of our 100 most wanted terrorists’ leaders.”

General Irabor however noted that there was need to ascertain the true identity of the suspect before final confirmation to the media.

He said this was to avoid past mistakes where individuals were arrested based on mistaken identities.

“There are checks that must be done before final confirmation, facial attributes tended to show that he is the one.

“But then, there are other things we need to do to ensure that is he who we said he is. Although the facial attributes confirmed he is the one, but it is not just by looks alone.

“We have had cases where we had mistaken identity only to come up to say we are sorry, that is what we are trying to avoid this time,” he said.

Meanwhile, an attack by three suicide bombers in Maiduguri on Friday, January 22 was foiled by the military just a kilometre into the troubled town.

Brigadier General Lucky Irabor who disclosed details of the botched attack said the suicide bombers were intercepted while trying to get passage into Maiduguri by vigilant men a kilometre ahead of the town, along Mafa road.


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