The war against terror recorded a major achievement on Monday as a terrorists’ intelligence cell headed by a businessman, who participated actively in the abduction of School Girls in Chibok, Borno State, was busted by troops.
The head of the cell, identified as Babuji Ya’ari, who is also a member of the Youth Vigilante Group also known as Civilian JTF, was said to have used his role in the group to spy and gather information for members of his terrorist network.
Aside from being accused of spearheading the murder of the Emir of Gwoza, Babuji was also known to have coordinated several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011, including the daring attacks on Customs and military locations as well as the planting of IEDs in several locations in the town.
A statement on Monday by the Director, Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade said: “The arrest of the businessman, who is known to deal in tricycles has also yielded some vital information and facilitated the arrest of other members of the terrorists’ intelligence cell who are women.
“One of them, Hafsat Bako, had earlier escaped to Gombe State to avoid suspicion but was tracked and arrested”.
Olukolade added that prior to her arrest, Hafsat coordinated the payment of other operatives on the payroll of the group.
“In her confession, she disclosed that a minimum of N10, 000 is paid to each operative depending on the enormity of his task”, the Defence spokesman said.
The statement also stated that another female suspect named Haj Kaka, who doubles as an armourer and a spy for the terrorists group, has also been arrested.
According to Maj-Gen. Olukolade, until their arrest, all the suspects actively operated a terrorists’ intelligence cell in collaboration with others still at large.
Meanwhile, the statement said that an attack over the weekend by terrorists, was successfully repelled by troops deployed in Goniri, Yobe State, but with casualties on both sides.