From Molly Kilete, Abuja
Soldiers fighting the counterterrorism war in the northeast have arrested an errand boy and logistics supplier to a notorious Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) logistics commander, Modu Sulum, recently killed by soldiers.
The suspect, Wida Kachalla, an indigene of Murguba Settlement, an ISWAP-Boko/Haram enclave, was arrested at Benisheikh Market, by troops of 154 Taskforce, under Operation Hadin Kai.
Upon his arrest, the suspect was said to have hurriedly chewed and swallowed his phone SIM card according to PR Nigeria a government public relations outfit.
It was gathered that the soldiers from FOB Ngamdi, led by their Acting Commander, 154 Task Force Batallion, Major DY Chiwar, in conjunction with local vigilantes, traced and arrested the suspects at Benisheikh Market. The errand boy, Wida Kachalla, is a native of Murguba Settlement, an ISWAP-Bolo Haram enclave. An intelligence operative revealed that at the point of arrest, Kachalla, succeeded in chewing his GSM SIM cards, but his two mobile phones with IMM were recovered by the troops.
‘In a recent week, we have intercepted communication and couriers of terrorists in their various channels and routes.
‘While the suspect chewed and swallowed his sim cards we already the major data for intelligence gathering.
‘Other items recovered from him include a Bag of flour, cartons of Biscuits, crates of Evaporated Milk, crates of Soft-Drinks, cartons of anti-grass chemical, Packet of Bicycle Sporks, among other consumable,’ the source said.
A fighter aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday eliminated scores of ISWAP-Boko Haram terrorists including their commanders in Lamboa in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State. It was gathered that the multiple airstrikes conducted by a mix of our aircraft including Alpha-Jets, L-39 and MI-35 helicopters, might have also killed the notorious ISWAP Logistic Commander, Modu Sullum. Modu Sulum was responsible for the destructions of power transmission towers at Malanari along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway and attacks on travellers in the Auno and Jakana axis. The insurgents, in a convoy of eight gun trucks, had invaded Lamboa, preparatory to launching a gruesome attack in Mainok axis in the state.