Nigerian Army rescues 19 children, arrests Boko Haram suspect

A suspected Boko Haram member, identified as Aliyu Ahmed,was arrested by men of the Nigerian Army in the Toro Local Government of Bauchi State on Saturday.

The suspect, also known as Aliko, allegedly confessed that he owned an AK-47 and participated in several terrorist operations with the sect in 2016.

This is just as troops intercepted four child traffickers in Buni Yadi in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, and rescued 19 underage children, being trafficked to an unknown location.

Our correspondent learnt that the children were rescued by the 120 Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade while on a routine patrol.

It was gathered that the suspects and the children would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition in Trafficking in Persons for further investigation.

It was learnt that the self-confessed Boko Haram terrorist was arrested by troops of 33 Brigade in Yuga area on Friday.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said, “Aliko, who was found hiding in the village, was arrested with a single-barrel gun and one Dane gun.

“During preliminary interrogations, he confessed that he actively participated in several Boko Haram terror attacks and also owned an AK-47 rifle.

“He claimed the rifle was lost during one of the attacks the group carried out in 2016. His interrogation continues.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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