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Army: Abu Qaqa, Boko Haram spokesman killed  print

Published on September 17, 2012 by   ·   10 Comments

Nigerian soldiers on Monday said they had shot dead a man suspected to have acted as a spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram and arrested two other high-ranking members, a military official said.

“We carried out an operation early this morning in which we killed a media man of Boko Haram terrorists and arrested two field commanders of the sect,” said Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi, spokesman for a military task force, adding he did not have their exact identities.

Soldiers involved in the operation on the outskirts of the city of Kano said the man killed was suspected to be one of the Boko Haram spokesmen who uses the alias Abul Qaqa.

The operation at a checkpoint was carried out with the use of intelligence information, they said.

According to a soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity, the three suspects were coming into Kano early Monday along with a woman they were transporting to receive medical treatment.

The alleged spokesman was said to have resisted and was killed in a shootout. One of those arrested is an alleged “field commander” for Kogi and Kaduna states as well as for the capital Abuja, the soldier said.

The woman who was with them allegedly told security forces that the man killed was the person who uses the alias Abul Qaqa.

There was no immediate confirmation of the killing by the Boko Haram sect.

Last February, Nigeria’s state security agents claimed that they arrested Qaqa in Kaduna.

It turned out that the man captured was not Qaqa as the Boko Haram spokesperson continued to act on behalf of the militant Islamic sect, calling journalists on phone and issuing statements on behalf of the sect.

The capture of Qaqa must have offered some relief to Nigeria’s security agencies, in the wake of the continued killing of Nigerians by gunmen of the sect.

Yesterday in kano, a family of four was wiped out by four gunmen, suspected to be ,members of the sect, who arrived on two motorcycles and killed the victims at point blank range after herding them in a room.

Last night, too six persons, playing the game of Ludo in front of their home, were killed by the gunmen of the sect, without any provocation.

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10 Comments for “Army: Abu Qaqa, Boko Haram spokesman killed”

  1. Ambassador

    good news,more from the nigerian military

  2. THE MILITARY HAVE DONE NOTHING UNTILL THEIR SPONSORS ARE ROOTED OUT.

  3. Judgement is for sure

    This is a great development but will not in anyway curb the activities of these bastards. Government needs to name and shame the sponsors. Jonathan have the list and he is only playing on our intelligence. Let the world knows who the sponsors are and raise a special tribunal, not court, to hang them. Kudos Nigerian Army but more still needed to be done

  4. Prince T

    Will all these arrests stop the attacks. That is d question.

  5. ogbeni naija

    @EYEDEE play cool they will get at them soon,the military is just starting with the idiots.

  6. J.T.I

    They have been arresting since then, what happens to those arrested? This Abu Qaqa is a name not a human being. The army should know this. Tomorrow you will still hear of Abu Qaqa and a claim that he has not been killed. Like the sect itself, so is the name; both, difficult to surmount!

  7. JI

    THE JTF GUYS ARE BEGINNING TO LEARN GOOD LESSONS.

    THAT WAS THE BEST THING TO DO, KILL THE REAL GUY AND LEAVE OTHER WHO CAN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION.

    DID THE GUY NOT RESIST ARREST AND HE WAS SHOT DEAD? LET THE NATION SIGN ANY LAW TO TRY ERRING SOLDIERS, BUT AS LONG AS A TERRORIST RESIST ARREST AND HE WAS KILLED IN GUN BATTLE, NOTHING SPOILS

    CONGRATS JTF!

    WE DO NOT HAVE DETENTION CAMPS FOR THE FOOLS, DETAIN THEM IN THE GREAT BEYOND AND LET THEM GO FROLIC WITH IMAGINARY VIRGINS.

  8. BEN

    Jonathan is just playing dumb,he knows those behind Boko haram but he is not interested in curbing their activities for two reasons: 1. To detract Nigerians from his unpopular and unpatriotic government activities like awarding contract running to billions of naira to his fellow criminals who should have been in jail. 2. The people behind this criminal group are the powers that made him president and can equally unseat him.
    Recently, a clergy man from the north wrote a letter to house of assembly mentioning names of people behind the group , nothing has been done till date.National assembly confirmed they received the letter,presidency did not confirm it. A few rich islamic office holders /politicians have been bragging for a long time to make sure Nigeria is islamised or a northerner who is a muslim is allowed to rule,or else, there will be no peace in Nigeria. Mr President is neither bothered nor disturbed by daily shedding of innocent blood among people he suppose to protect,but he is more interested in attending frivolous meetings and conferences abroad than taking care of his primary duties. Well, i guess, that gives him more financial gains like estacodes and making sure that the stolen money safely get to their destinations or hide out!!! My prayer is God will allow these crazy people to kill one or more of his blood relations so that he can feel the pain other families who have lost relations to Boko Haram feel. This submission has nothing to do with political affiliation ,i dont live in Nigeria,but anybody watching Jonathan from a distance will understand his games. He tried to advocate 3rd term regime ,he failed,he tried a 7 year regime ,he failed.Now,he doe not care about welfare of Nigerians anymore,he just want to steal as much as he can before his term expires!!!.God will judge them all for the blood of innocent Nigerians that was shed and the wealth of Nigeria they are looting everyday!!!

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