What Police Has To Say About Arrest Of Boko Haram Members In Enugu State

The Enugu state police command has said it has no knowledge of the arrest of any Boko Haram member in the state.

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Responding to enquiries on Monday, August 31, the command also said it was not aware of the presence of Boko Haram terrorists in the state, as announced by the Department of State Security in a statement released on Sunday, August 30, Punch reports.

The DSS had announced that it arrested 20 suspected Boko Haram commanders in Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Plateau and Gombe states between July 8 and August 25, 2015.

Contrary to the report of the security agency, the Enugu state police said information available to it did not disclose the presence of the insurgents in the state and it had no knowledge of any investigations, or arrest concerning the sect.

The spokesman of the state command, Ebere Amaraizu said: “There is no case of Boko Haram investigated by the Command, neither was there any arrest by the Command.”

He noted that unlike the case in Lagos and other areas reported in the statement, the DSS did not provide details of the presence, and arrest, of Boko Haram commanders in Enugu.

According to Amaraizu, the police would continue to keep the state safe, relying on the already established proactive measures which has kept the state and its environs safe so far.

In reaction to the announcement by DSS, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth wing blamed the presence of the Islamist sect in Enugu on the alleged transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to Ekwulobia prisons in Anambra state.

They also blamed the state governors in the South East and the South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, for keeping mute against the alleged transfer.

President of the group, Okechukwu Isiguzoro said: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing is always vigilant, we are determined to secure Igboland against any form of foreign aggression and we will do everything possible to make sure that Boko Haram does not operate in Enugu or any other part of the South East.”

He also called on all youths in the South East and Igbo speaking parts of the South South to be vigilant.

Boko Haram operates mainly in the northern part of Nigeria with Borno state serving as its epicenter.

Report has it that the dreaded Boko Haram sect is trying to expand its territory beyond northern Nigeria, to include the commercial capital Lagos.