A suspected member of Boko Haram, Muktar Umar, who allegedly fled Maiduguri in the Northeast, has been arrested in Ogun State.
The 22-year-old suspect was paraded on Monday by the Ogun State Police Command after his arrest in Kara area of Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
The state commissioner of police, Abdulmajid Ali, said Mr. Umar fled the insurgents’ base, following the “heat being experienced” by them in the hands of the joint military task force.
Ali further said the suspect thereafter sneaked out of Maiduguri to Isheri area of Lagos State as his first contact.
The police commissioner said the suspect later relocated to Kara – Mowe area of Ogun state near Lagos last February 25, where he was arrested by the police after a tip-off.
Ali added that police investigation had also revealed that Muktar fled the Borno State capital two and half years ago into Ogun and was initiated into Boko Haram by one Mustapha.
According to him, exchange of intelligence between the Command and its counterparts in Borno coupled with support of members of the Hausa community in Kara, helped in the identification and arrest of Muktar.
Speaking to reporters through an interpreter, Umar denied membership of Boko Haram sect, saying it was his friend, identified as Mustapha that was declared wanted by the police for terrorism.
He said he was wrongly declared wanted by the authorities alongside his friend.
Mr. Umar said he decided to relocate to Kara community three years ago on the advice of his father.