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Posted: Oct 3, 2016 at 4:20 am   /   by   /   comments (4)

*Security Operatives Intensify Manhunt For ‘Buhari General’

Nicholas Uwerunonye

Army authorities have confirmed speculations in the intelligence community linking the reported resurgence of Boko Haram terror group to new sources of funding from cattle rustling, especially in the Northern parts of the country.

Last week Wednesday at the cattle market, Maiduguri, Borno State, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole with assistance of Civilian JTF arrested three suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists group.

The suspects include Abba Go Dallagio, Abba Fanned and Alhaji Nwariye.

During preliminary investigation they claimed that they entered into Maiduguri through Mafa with about 200 cows for sale at Maiduguri cattle market.

The suspects further stated that they are part of logistics elements of the Boko Haram terrorists group that assist in selling cows for the insurgents.

They further added that proceeds are remitted to the terrorists to fund their terror activities. So far, troops have identified and isolated 23 cows at the cattle market.

Confirming this, Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, added that one of the spies of the insurgents at the market named Alhaji Ajid Umar was also arrested.

“A total of 170 cows were isolated in connection with him. All the suspects are undergoing preliminary investigation,” Usman added.

Before now, Independent’s investigations learnt that a major manhunt had been underway for the capture and containment of a shadowy individual known by security agencies in the country as ‘Buhari General’.

It is unclear if the suspect has military background but dependable sources in the intelligence community told the newspaper that the capture of ‘General’ may help shed light on what is believed to be the funding network of Boko Haram.

‘Buhari General’ is believed to be the brain behind most of the kidnap cases in the North West axis of Katsina, Zamfara, Kano and Kaduna. He is suspected to be the mastermind of major cattle rustling incidents in Zamfara and environs.

“He is believed to give part of his take in these criminal activities to funding insurgency in the North of the country,” explained a security operative, who spoke in anonymity to Independent.

With Boko Haram capabilities degraded by a resurgent Nigerian army fire power, buffeted in the North East borders by a Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), comprising Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin, and a near total cut off from funding by international spook agencies, the insurgents found themselves in need of critical supplies.

This clamp down on the insurgents has been marked with corresponding sharp increase in the spate of cattle rustlings, kidnap of both local and foreign nationals. For the kidnaps, members of diplomatic community in the area have been the target.

As gathered, the security agencies treated these upsurges in crime as different from the activities of Boko Haram. But with what appeared to be resurgence in Boko Haram activities recently, security agencies began wondering where funding for the insurgents were coming from.

“Investigators got what appeared to be an insight after Department of State Services (DSS) flagged a recurrence of ‘Buhari General’ in spate of kidnaps, cattle rustlings and attempts at penetrating security deployments in the areas,” explained the paper’s source.

Army though has yet to confirm if it is on board with the DSS on the matter as efforts to reach Col Usman Kukasheka, Sani, Acting Director, Information, Nigerian Army, were unsuccessful, the paper’s sources in the Defence Headquarters (DHQs), said that information of such nature are mutually shared.

“Since there are military patrols and checkpoints in these areas, the army would have been briefed and would be on the lookout for the suspect,” an army source told Independent.

DSS linked Buhari General with kidnap and armed robbery in Zamfara. Following recurring attacks by cattle rustlers in Zamfara State, DSS on a tip off conducted series of operations in collaboration with the military to degrade the criminal network of Buhari General in the state. The agency arrested Abdullahi Haruna, aka Douglas, a bread seller on August 13, 2016, at Hayin Buba area in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. Haruna was intercepted while using the cover of his petty business to monitor security bases and movement of security agents in the state in a bid to facilitate counter-attacks against security personnel deployed to Zamfara.

These followed with the arrest of two kidnappers operating in Zamfara and environs. They are Abdulrasheed Ibrahima and Aliyu Umar. The duo had been terrorising residents of the area along with a kidnap group headed by Buhari General another syndicate connected with Buhari at Tamburawa village along Kano-Zaria Expressway, Kano State.

In the second operation, Alhassan Musa and Ado Yusuf, members of a notorious kidnap/armed robbery syndicate operating from Falgore forest in Doguwa LGA, Kano State were arrested.

Earlier on August 12, 2016, at Aliero town in Aliero LGA of Kebbi State, one Hussaini Alhaji Sule, aka Yellow, was apprehended by the DSS. His arrest was facilitated by an earlier operation of July 29, 2016, when one Hafizu Sani, a spy and criminal associate of ‘Buhari General’ was apprehended by this service.

Prior to his arrest, Sani was also spying on the movements of security agents in Zamfara State. Sani in concert with other elements have been terrorising local communities in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara states, engaging in cattle rustling and kidnap activities.

Comments (4)

  • Sunny FranKlins Oct 3, 2016 at 8:33 am Sunny FranKlins

    all we hear is boko haram sponsors all the time. who are these people?

  • Dennis Uzim Oct 3, 2016 at 7:53 am Dennis Uzim

    I don’t want to hear about this rustling bullshit. What about the thousands Fulani herdsmen have been killing, maiming & raping. When will the perpetrators of this heinous crime & genocide be arrested?

  • Charly Austine Oct 3, 2016 at 6:14 am Charly Austine

    Who the boko haram sponsors?

  • Jonax David Oct 3, 2016 at 4:40 am Jonax David

    They are Boko haram not only sponsors.

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