Military arrests Boko Haram leader, JTF claims – PT

The Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Restore Order, in Maiduguri, Borno State, said it arrested Mohammed Zangina, a high profile Boko Haram Commander on Sunday at about 12:30 p.m.
A statement by the spokesperson of the JTF, Sagir Musa, said Mr. Zangina was arrested in the Government Reserved Area, GRA, of Maiduguri.

The statement also said Mr. Zangina was in Maiduguri to plan several deadly attacks against “civilians and security personnel any moment from today”.

It also added that Mr. Zangina, a.k.a Mallam Abdullahi, often referred to as Alhaji Musa is the leader of the North Central part of Nigeria and Coordinator of most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum.

According to the statement, Mr. Zangina, who is a key member of the Supreme Council of the sect known as the Shura Committee of the Boko, is among those declared wanted and a bounty of N25 million was placed on him by the Task Force on November 23, 2012.

Mr. Zangina was said to have survived several security manhunts on his hideouts in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Potiskum.

The statement said the suspect’s arrest was “effected by JTF troops following a special operation conducted in GRA, Maiduguri.”

The suspect is being interrogated by the Force.