Two suspected members of Boko Haram sect who disguised as members of the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’a Wa’iqamitis Sunna (JIBWIS) First Aid Group based in Zaria, Kaduna state, have been arrested and handed over to the police.
The Police Area Commander in charge of Zaria headquarters, Muhammad D. Shehu, confirmed the arrest and said the suspects will be transferred to the police state command.
“The first suspect was caught fully dressed in our uniform. Members of our First Aid Group (‘Yan Agaji) have their uniform. Following the military’s advice, we have introduced certain security measures. Through those measures, our members can identify themselves anywhere they meet. This was how we arrested the suspect and handed him over to the police.
On investigation, it was discovered that the first suspect was operating under the leadership of one Hassan Mahauci who resides in Maigana, Soba local government. Of recent, the leader of our First Aid Group in Soba local government was matcheted to death. Therefore, the arrest of these suspects made us to believe that it was Boko Haram that killed him.
We would continue to be vigilant and we want to advise all religious groups to do the same since Boko Haram have began to infiltrate our First Aid Groups.”he said.
Burundi descended into violence in April after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a now successful bid for a third consecutive term in office, despite concerns over the legality of such a move.
At least 240 people have since been killed and more than 200,000 have fled the country.
“The situation in Burundi, particularly in Bujumbura has worsened and remains extremely volatile,” Louaba said.
“Members of my staff and myself are not feeling safe,” he added, with the bloc headquarters now temporarily relocating to the Zambian capital Lusaka.
Insurgents this week launched a failed mortar attack on Burundi’s presidential palace, in one of the first known such attempts in months of anti-government unrest.
The two shells, reportedly fired from the surrounding hills, exploded a few hundred metres (yards) from the complex, echoing attacks carried out during the 1993-2006 civil war. There were no casualties.
The government blames a string of attacks on “armed criminals”, but the UN has warned that Burundi risks sliding back into civil war after a dramatic rise in violence. Similar mortar blasts were reported in October.
As well as Burundi, ICGLR members are Angola, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
Source: Watch Dog News