BREAKING NEWS: Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa arrested
Officials of the Department for State Security (DSS) yesterday confirmed the arrest of Boko Haram spokesman, ABUL QADA in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.The arrest, it was learnt from security sources, was made possible via the GPS tracking of the top Boko Haram official.
A top official of the DSS in Borno told journalists on phone that “we have finally picked him (Abu Qaqa) up and he is currently in our custody, you can report that as a confirmed development”.It was gathered from security sources that Qaqa, who had been speaking on behalf of Boko Haram, is a native of Igala, Kogi State.
This Day Live also reported that Abu Qaqa was arrested in a joint operation involving military personnel and officials of the Department of State Security (DSS)
Shortly after the announcement of the capture of the spokesman, an unidentified member of the sect who spoke with reporters on phone confirmed that their spokesman had indeed been nabbed.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that our spokesman has been arrested at his residence in Maiduguri. In fact, he was just arrested without any confrontation as he was taken unawares… our warriors who normally guard him were absent when the security agents raided his hideout,” the sect member said.
He however stated that Qaqa’s arrest would not deter the sect from carrying out more violence against the authority and security agents, adding: “Our struggle was not for worldly gain; rather it is to be close to Almighty God by establishing Islamic system of governance, so why would we be discouraged just because one of us was nabbed?”
The man assured that the group would make a formal reaction over the issue, “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for this cause as the arrest of one of our top leaders will only further motivate us.”
Until his arrest, Qaqa served as the go-between between journalists and the Boko Haram sect.