In a statement issued on Friday by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Olabisi Ayeni, the Nigerian Army disclosed that it has arrested a Boko Haram suspect identified as Aminu Yaminu aka Tarshaku, who reportedly masterminded most of the recent attacks in Benue State.
According to the Nigerian army, a combined team of troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services arrested Aminu Yaminu who is nicknamed Tashaku, on Friday April 27th in Makurdi, the state capital. It was also gathered that the Boko Haram suspect had concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State.
The statement reads in part;
“Following an intelligence report, it was gathered that Aminu has concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State. As earlier reinstated, Nigerian Army will ensure enemies of peace in the state are brought to justice. Nigerian Army encourages all law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses without fear” a statement released by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Brigade in Makurdi, Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, read in part.
Here are photos of items recovered from the suspect;
Since January 2018 when suspected herdsmen attacked communities in Benue killing 73 persons, the state has witnessed an upsurge in attacks and killings with thousands displaced and many more living in fear.
On Tuesday, this week, gunmen attacked a Catholic church in Gwer East Local Government Area killing two priests and 17 worshippers. Hours after, a community in Guma LGA was attacked and 13 persons were killed.
The continued killings had led to outrage and both the House of Representatives and the Senate have summoned President Muhammadu Buhari to address a joint session of lawmakers over what is being done to halt the attacks and killings.