The Nigeria Police on Tuesday said it has arrested the “chief butcher” of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, in Balmo Forest, Bauchi State.
Chief butcher whose real name is Mohammed Zakari, according to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, was arrested along Darazo-Basrika Road in Bauchi State.
Mba said Zakari was fleeing from Balmo Forest following the
massive onslaught by security forces.
The suspect was arrested on Saturday, Mba said in the
statement on Tuesday.
Mba added: “The suspect, who hails from Kaigamari Village,
Daptchari in Darazo Local Government Area, Bauchi State, is
the self-styled “chief butcher” of the insurgent group at the
Balmo Forest Camp and is linked with the recent slaughter of
seven people, including women and children.
“Findings as well as disclosures from the suspect will assist
the law enforcement agencies in tracking down some other
members of the terror cell.
“The suspect whom investigation reveals was tutored in the art
of insurgency at Gombe Forest under the leadership of a fleeing
insurgent, one Abba Taura, and moved to Balmo Forest only
three months ago, is discovered to have actively participated in
the April attack against Customs officers at Kari Town, along
Maiduguri Road, Bauchi State.”
The Police High Command urged citizens in the affected areas
to be on guard for any suspicious or strange character fleeing
from Balmo Forest.
It also called for the understanding and support of the public
for the efforts of the police and other security forces in tackling
insurgency, terrorism and other related crimes headlong.
Mba said “although the war on terrorism is unrelenting, it is
certainly not insurmountable and must be won with the
cooperation of all”.