The arrest of the suspected Boko Haram chiefs was disclosed by the theater commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, on Thursday, February 2, during a briefing with newsmen in Maiduguri , the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The commander said the arrest was made in collaboration with vigilantes called Civilian JTF.
He gave the names of the suspects as Alhaji Madu, 56, Abur Goni- Bukar, Ibrahim Ali, Ayuba Duse and Haruna Bukar.
“The suspects were arrested after numerous operations in different parts of the North East; we are investigating before taking a decision,”he said.
General Irabor said the army in its efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorist group on January 27, arrested three suspected terrorists with bags of flour, groundnut and millet, which they were conveying to Jeram village.
He said troops again on January 28, at Buni Gari apprehended five suspects with a truckload of gypsum, which is one of the components for making bombs.
The commander said the suspects were also under interrogation.