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Boko Haram spokesman arrested in Maiduiguri

, Maiduguri
Thursday, February 02, 2012

Security agencies have arrested a man believed to be a spokesman for Islamist sect, Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for scores of deadly attacks, security sources said Wednesday. The attacks claimed hundreds of lives and property with billions of Naira since its leaders, Muhammed Yusuf was killed by security agencies in 2009.

Two security sources said on condition of anonymity that a person suspected to be the man who goes by the alias Abul Qaqa, had been arrested.
A third security source said officers were still trying to ascertain his identity, while State Security (SSS) spokeswoman, Marilyn Ogar, said she could not confirm the arrest.

“We made a big success with the arrest of the Boko Haram spokesman that goes by the name Abul Qaqa,” SSS source told AFP. A senior police source said he had “received information of the arrest of the spokesman … He has been held for questioning.” A third security source said “agents want to be sure that it is actually the spokesman of Boko Haram. They are still trying to ascertain that.” Abul Qaqa has claimed to speak on behalf of Boko Haram on numerous occasions, including to claim responsibility for scores of attacks.

Its most deadly attack to date occurred in Kano on January 20, when coordinated bombings and shootings killed at least 185 people. A man calling himself Abul Qaqa claimed that attack on behalf of Islamist sect. The purported spokesman has regularly held phone conferences with journalists in Maiduguri Borno State which Boko Haram’s base. Differing versions of the arrest emerged, with one source saying he had been detained in Kaduna early Wednesday and others saying it occurred in a raid in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

The SSS source said “he was tracked down using state of the art tracking equipment. He is now in custody undergoing interrogation.” Ogar, spokeswoman for the secret police, could not confirm any arrest.
“When you have an ongoing operation, a lot of people are brought in, and until you are able to put a face to a name …,” nothing can be confirmed, “My office has not confirmed to me that they have him.”|

It was gathered that the SSS may soon flown him to Abuja for further interrogation. Meanwhile, the Boko Haram has confirmed the arrest of its spokesman. “Malam has been arrested yesterday,” a member of the sect confirmed in a telephone conversation.


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