Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos, Alhaji Sani Kabir on Thursday told the Federal Government that northerners in the Southwest have arrested more than 1000 members of the dreaded Islamic-sect, Boko Haram in parts of Southwest of Nigeria.
Speaking when the Arewa Council of Chiefs in the Southwest paid a visit to the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, in the Minister’s office, Kabir said the arrests were made at different times.
According to him, those arrested were Boko Haram members who fled from the Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF/military onslaught on the insurgents in the Northeast and those who came to the Southwest to further the insurgency. He said the Council has taken it up itself to ensure that Boko Haram did not take root in the Southwest because according to him, such a development would complicate the security challenges facing Nigeria.
On how they did the arrest, he said, “we informed our leaders that when new people come into their midst, and they observe their behaviour. Some of the leaders in the Southwest are northerners, some of them are from Borno State, they can know.’’ Responding, Tanimu Turaki who received the group on behalf of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan thanked the Arewa leaders for their efforts to ensure that insurgency did not extend to the Southwest.