ICC Note: Nigerian authorities have apprehended their first major Boko Haram suspect after they posted the first ever top 100 most wanted list. The suspected was attempting to board a flight to Lagos, Nigeria’s financial and economic center, when citizens were able to identify the individual and alert authorities. Recently Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group bent on creating an Islamic caliphate, has been on the receiving end of major military offenses by the Lake Chad African task force. President Buhari of Nigeria has vowed to defeat the Islamic group by December who consistently target Christian communities through rape, murder, and kidnappings.
11/09/2015 Lagos, Nigeria (Yahoo News) – Nigeria’s military has said it has made its first arrest as a result of publishing a list of the 100 “most wanted” Boko Haram suspects.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in an emailed statement late on Sunday that one man whose photograph featured on the poster was spotted and held at Abuja airport.
“Chindo Bello was apprehended by aviation security as he was boarding (an) Aero Contractors’ flight to Lagos,” he said.
No further details were given about Bello or when he was held but Usman said security agents were tipped off and the arrest was made “as he attempted to flee”.
He was handed over to military intelligence for questioning, he added.
The “most wanted” poster, published in English and the local, northeastern languages of Hausa and Kanuri late last month, appeals for public help in tracking down suspected Boko Haram members.
The group’s leader Abubakar Shekau features twice in the rows of colour photographs, reflecting the military’s belief he is in fact a composite character played by lookalikes.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the public’s help in providing intelligence to the military, particularly with the Islamists having increased attacks on urban areas.