The long arms of the law have caught up with a suspected top Boko Haram leader identified only as Umar, as he was arrested in Lagos on Thursday.
Umar, who was arrested by the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), is believed to be behind the deadly Kuje and Nyanya bombings in Abuja.
A member of the IRT team said, “Umar is the most deadly and most wanted Boko Haram leader in Abuja, and the mastermind of the Kuje and Nyanya Abuja bombings of 2015, gang leader of Galadimawa Roundabout attack in which seven police officers were killed; Lugbe police officers killer; Gwagwalada area police killings, all in Abuja; overall commander of Edo and Ondo states multiple bank robberies, several killings in the Okene area of Kogi.
“He was the grand commander of the jailbreak of the prison in Niger State early this year, during which he lost one of his eyes, while over 100 prisoners escaped.
“The most wanted suspect was arrested by a special IRT team in Lagos today (Thursday) after he escaped with bullet wounds from Abuja three weeks ago when the IRT team arrested four of his gang members and recovered four AK-47 rifles and hundreds of ammunition. Today is one of the happiest moments of my life.”
Police authorities confirmed the arrest, saying the subject and others were in their custody.