Update: Boko Haram leader killed, others arrested, says security agents

Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader

Security operatives carried out a successful raid against the sect’s leaders in Kano.

In what appears a major victory against the Boko Haram militant group, Nigerian security operatives say they killed Abu Qaqa, the sect’s spokesman, and arrested two top commanders early Monday in the Mariri neighbourhood of Kano after a shoot out which left at least one of the sect leaders dead.

Sources in the State Security Service, SSS, say Abu Qaqa, the sect’s spokesman was killed, and the two top commanders were arrested when officers of the Kano State Joint Task Force, JTF, opened fire on the Volkswagon Golf car leaders of the sect were travelling in. They had refused orders to stop for a search, according to spokesman for the Joint Task Force in Kano, Ikediche Iweha.

Mr. Iweha confirmed the arrest but offered no insight on the identity of a lady that eye witnesses claimed was one of the arrested sect members. He also did not comment on the alleged fatality of two leaders in the car as some international news agencies have claimed.

It had been an unusual quiet for the better part of Monday from the public enlightenment unit of the sect headed by Mr. Qaqa, fueling early speculations that he had indeed been killed. Efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to reach the sect through its usual platform returned no response, breaking a pattern of its media engagement strategy.

Spokesperson for the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, refused to comment on the arrests or the incident.

  • NAGODI

    LET US HOPE THAT THEY NOT ONLY GOT ABU QAQA THIS TIME, BUT THAT THIS WILL BRING PEACE. THEY GOT SHEIKH YUSUF IN A SIMILAR MANNER AND EXTRAJUDICIALLY EXECUTED HIM THINKING THAT WILL BE THE END. IT WASNT AND AS SHEIKH YUSUF SAID THEN, HIS DEATH WILL LEAD TO THE RISE OF A MORE MILITANT LEADER. THAT WAS HOW WE CAME TO BE SADDLED WITH SHEIKH SHEKAU. LET THERE BE JUSTICE SO THAT WE WOULD NOT BE SADDLED WITH ONE WORST THAN SHEKAU.

    • oko

      Rubbish ! Whether Yusuf was executed or not,the North will remain volatile.Who and who were executed before Pakistan,Yemen,Afganistan,Iraq,started boiling?

      • NAGODI

        BENATHIR BUTTO WAS EXECUTED IN PAKISTAN, NORTHERN ALLIANCE LEADER MAS’UD WAS EXECUTED IN AFGHANISTAN, SADDAM WAS EXECUTED IN IRAQ, AL AWLAKI WAS EXECUTED (INCLUDING HIS 15 YEAR OLD SON) IN YEMEN. WHICH COUNTRY DO YOU WANT TO KNOW? I DID NOT MENTIONED THE MILLIONS OF INNOCENT NAMELESS PEOPLE KILLED BY STATES WORLDWIDE.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Obviously, you have been getting your history lessons from alqeda site. Both Massud and Bhutto were murdered by Talibans and alqeda network.

          • NAGODI

            AND WHO FUNDS THE TALIBAN AND ALQAIDA? ON JULY 2001 THE CIA STATION CHIEF VISITED USAMA IN THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL IN DUBAI, WHILE USAMA IS THE MOST WANTED MAN IN THE US. LE FIGARO REPORTED THIS NEWS IN ITS 1/11/2001 EDITION, GOOGLE IT AND EDUCATE YOURSELF. University of Ottawa Professor Michel Chossudovsky IN AN ESSAY SAYS “in the week prior to 9/11 all of Bush’s cabinet met with
            Mahmud (sometimes spelt Mahmoud) Ahmad, the Pakistani ISI (“INTER-SERVICES INTELLIGENCE”) head of security, the man
            who is fingered in bankrolling bin Laden by wiring $100,000 to the lead hijacker Muhamed Atta just prior to
            9/11. During the week before 9/11, Ahmad met with nearly all of the top people in Bush’s
            administration. The instant the first plane hit on 9/11
            hit Mahmud Ahmad was having breakfast with Representative Porter Goss,
            R-Sanibel, Senator Bob Graham D-Florida and other members of the House
            Intelligence Committee. ” THE WHOLE OF HISTORY WILL SOON BE REVISED BECAUSE THE TRUTH CANNOT BE KEPT DOWN FOREVER.

      • Sikiru

        @Oko rubbish guy! You are a disgrace to humsnity. You that is blacker than charcoal you too sabi racism? Haha! We want the whole Nigeria to be peaceful for both Christians and Moslems. Go jor!

        • Ade

          What has his got to do with racism? Oko is simply making a statement of fact, whether you like it or not..

    • armrod

      You sound demoralised, this arrest really hit you stop pretending shame on you. This time you did not abuse Jonathan. You were having field day running your mouth when Boko Haram was wrecking havoc you elevated Boko Haram to the level of insurmountable formidable terror gang that is more committed than our security. Keep watching as event unfolds animal.

      • NAGODI

        YES I AM COMPLETELY DEMORALISED THAT FOR WHAT EVER REASON THE POLICE AND THE ARMY WILL OPEN FIRE ON A CAR THAT REFUSED TO STOP AT A CHECK POINT. WHAT ABOUT PURSUIT OR SHOOT TO STOP? WHY SHOULD A SO CALLED CIVILISED GOVT TURN TO BABARISM JUST LIKE THE TERRORISTS SHE WANTS TO FIGHT. FOR YOUR INFO, PEOPLE LIKE YOU SAID WHAT U ARE SAYING NOW WHEN THE FORMER LEADER OF BOKO HARAM SHEIKH YUSUF WAS EXTRA-JUDICIALLY MURDERED WITH HIS TOP COMMANDERS. JUST TODAY, BOKO HARAM HAS KILLED A COMMISSIONER AND A COMPTROLLER GENERAL. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE THEY CLAIMED TO KILL ABU QAQA? THIS IS THE SECOND TIME!

        • Dee

          So in a terrorist situation, you wnat to start playing cops and robbers? These bastards are prepared to die for nothing. It is far better to kill them and ask questions later.

  • Ismaila Usman

    What about Shehu Sani and Nasir Elrufai and all those who are supporting them?? Kill them..Allah is the greatest.

    • NAGODI

      KILL THEM!? NOT TAKE THEM TO COURT TO DETERMINE IF THE SECOND ABU QAQA IS THE GENUINE ABU QAQA? OR THAT EL-RUFAI REALLY SUPPORT THEM?

    • http://twitter.com/Mafar_ka Mafar_ka

      You gave yourself away when you use ‘Allah is the greatest’ where it is not used by the Muslims. You don’t have to hide behind a Muslim name and wish ‘your people’ death. Show your true self.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    I don’t believe this report. Aliyu Tilde is yet to be arrested.

    • http://twitter.com/Mafar_ka Mafar_ka

      May be you start with Asari, Boyloaf, Tompolo and other Niger Deltan terrorists who have the history of killing Nigerian security men, not a newspaper columnist.

  • FreeKick

    the north must renounce boko haram, back pib and shun violence…

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      u are asking the impossible. they cant help it. Its a religious thing.

  • sharon williams

    they must be disciplined well

  • sharon williams

    They must not live, because they’ve killed souls so they don’t deserve to live.

  • sharon williams

    kill them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avy

    Nigerians!!! Let’s learn 2 tell ourselves d truth, we all kno dat dis Boko haram menace is beyond religious, its more of a political war- a platform for desperate polititians 2 attack dia enemies/opposition bla bla bla. How many Abu qaqa do we have sef?? Each tim der is an alleged arrest of bh members we neva get 2 see dem on tv, d next we hear is dat dey escaped frm police net and all dat shit…”Rubbish”, only God can intrevene 4 our beloved country Nigeria

    • NAGODI

      THE REAL QUESTIONS ARE NEVER ASKED AVY. I PERSONALLY KNOW A LOT OF BOKO HARAM VICTIMS, HOW COME THERE HAVE SO FAR NOT BEEN A SINGLE CONVICTION OF ANY BOKO HARAM MEMBERS AMONG THOSE ARRESTED?

      • INTERPOL

        ACCORDING TO THE US, THERE WAS AN ARRANGMENT WHERE ANY BOKO HARAM MEMBER CAUGHT WAS HANDED TO THE SULTAN OF SOKOTO. I DONT REALLY KNOW WHAT HE DOES WITH THEM. PROBABLY HAVE A GOOD CHAT AND SEND THEM ON THEIR WAY.

    • EDDY

      iF THIS WAS THE CASE, WHAT IS THEIR GRIP WITH AN IGBO SHOPKEEPER? WHY BOMB A CHURCH? pLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE NOT A BUNCH OF MALUS TO BE HERDED IN ANY DIRECTION YOU FEEL.

  • Ismaila Usman

    I hope he is dead die. Coward!

  • Avy

    Some idiots (dat don’t have a slightest idea of what is actually happening)

  • Nasiru MM Danjauro

    I hope they are not ordinary innocent civilians that were killed.

    • oko

      Every Hausa man is Boko Haram so no difference. JTF pls kill on,man ,woman,boy,girl

  • Ojukwu

    @Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa. You fake Igbo man, who knows the way you are running your own version of BH (Boko Hara). I pray Almighty God to expose you too and make them catch you.

    • EZEDIBIE

      @Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa
      IS A TRUER IGBOMAN THAN YOU WILL EVER DREAM OF BEING. WHAT IS YOUR REAL GRIP WITH HIM? I HAVE SEEN A
      FEW ATTACKS ON HIS PERSON FROM YOU, BUT NEVER QUITE WHY YOU CHOOSE TO DO SO. IS
      THIS A FORM OF JEALOUSY? IS IT A PAYBACK OF SOME KIND? WHENEVER I READ MKPITIKWELU’S
      TAKE ON ISSUES, I FIND IT INFORMATIVE, DIRECT TO THE POINT AND NEVER AN AFFRONT
      TO HIS PEOPLE OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER, APART FROM THOSE WHO SEEK TO HARM
      US. YOU, ON THE OTHER HAND, CAN BE FULL OF BILE, SPITING FIRE HERE AND THERE
      WITH RECKLESS ABANDONR. IF YOU ARE TRULY AN IGBOMAN, YOU MUST STOP THIS
      NONSENSE BECAUSE IT IS WEARING THIN. METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING, HOW MANY TIMES
      SHOULD A BLIND MAN TAKE THE STAGE, BEFORE HE IS ASKED TO SIT DOWN?

    • Chukwuma

      You are creating an abressive persona for the Igboman, which is unwarranted. We are more pragmatic, logical and friendly than you seem to imply.

      • eustace

        gbaam! thank u chukwuma, nwannem. all dis grandstanding and empty posturing on behalf of di ibos is very suspect. i think dis guys r not really ibos but aim to set up our hardworking & peace loving ppl against other nigerians, especially the north where we have become well established in business and society. but they wont succeed cos they belong in the lunatic fringe just like the bh. it is even possible they may be the real terrorists hiding behind igbo names to achieve their nefarious aims of destroying the country. they r failures and never do wells and illiterates who show remarkable ignorance and lack of sensitivity in all their opinons on other ppl.

        u know it is been said that u can tell alot about someone by what he/she says about others; no dis guys r not ibos. nigerians are just not that xenophibic. mercifully they will soon return to the dark caves of obscurity and stop offending us when they lose their menial jobs and run out of the meagre incomes that they use to fund their nonsensical & hateful campaigns on the internet.

    • Amos

      Ojukwu is an impostor! He is in fact an Hausa man posing as
      an Ibo. I have three main corroborating facts to this effect. Number one
      is that you consistently portray the igboman in a very bad light by making him
      appear arrogant, prescriptive and unbearable. I know for a fact that I would not want to lie
      with you as a brother or a friend. Secondly, you attack a genuine Igboman
      [Mpitikwelu] who has always stood for facts and the true course of the Igbos to
      live peacefully for no apparent reason. The biggest hint here is in his
      comments leading up to your attack. Thirdly, in one of your previous posts you
      arrogantly called for the Ibos to form a coalition with the Hausas for
      government, claiming that we understand power better than others, this, even in
      the midst of the slaughter of Christians by Boko Haram and their Hausa Fulani sponsors. Your false fellowship
      and emotional incompetence betrays you. We
      are watching and we know you are no Ibo!

      • Ojukwu

        Amos, I know you and Mpitikwelu are one and the same person. You can run but you can’t hide and surely the nemesis will certaintly catch-up with, you would reveal then which sect of the BH you belong to. This is evident in the discord and hatemonger you propagate each time you lift your blood smeared hands to write. The world is watching you and you’ll brought to books one day.

        • Amos

          You could not be more wrong. If you think that I belong to
          an Islamic sect then you have clearly not been reading my comments. I am a confirmed
          Catholic who has never practiced or been attracted to any other religion. I
          have come to hate what Islam stands for because of its followers’ propensity to
          violence worldwide.

          With regard to @Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa,
          you show a lot of ignorance if you even contemplated that we were one and the
          same person. In your arrogance, you fail to see the differences in our offerings.
          I tell you categorically, I don’t know the bloke from Adam, but I have been
          impressed with his capacity for logic and truth, besides, he is never offensive. You
          should come out and admit that you are not an Igbo man, what have you got to
          loose? Give Honesty a try. I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will give you the
          insight to become more human, less arrogant and be at peace with those you live
          with. After all, charity begins at home. I have confidence in my stance and I
          am never arrogant.

          • Leighdough Newmann

            To hate what Islam stands for is an arrogant, ignorant, insensitive, & immature thing to express.
            Investigate further to know what the difference between what Islam preaches & what the fanatics practice.

            I’m a Christian, but my dad is a muslim & know him to be an upright man. And, thanks to him, I know islam preaches peace.

            So, calm down sire. If you mean good. Go about it like genuine gray hairs do.

  • Murphy

    i hope they ve finally Nailed his ass……..Stupid Coward…..

    • Ismaila Usman

      They are putting pressure on a new person to assume the role and then start denying. Cowards..we know their tricks.

  • @Abidemi302004

    Abu Qaqa killed, YES. However let every peace lover know that It’s not yet UHURU. This is the best time for any sensible negotiation to be struck because they have been weakened.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      you and who is negotiating? sss are coming to get u, soon.

    • NAGODI

      SENSIBLE GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATE FIRST, POWERFUL GOVERNMENTS LIKE THE U.K. OR U.S.A. NEGOTIATE LAST. THE U.S. WANTS TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE TALIBAN, QATAR WAS THE INTERMEDIARY, BUT THE MAJOR DEFENSE CONTRACTORS DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH. THEY SCUTTLE IT. SO FAR 54 AMERICAN SOLDIERS WERE KILLED BY THE AFGHAN SOLDIERS THEY TRAIN THIS YEAR ALONE. NOW NO CONTACT IS ALLOWED BETWEEN AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THE AFGHANS THEY TRAIN. FOR ALL PURPOSES AMERICANS MIGHT AS WELL GO BACK HOME AND USE DRONES NOTHING WILL CHANGE IN AFGHANISTAN.

  • ibrahim

    A country dat is so bless with what ever they think of,becouse of our selfish intrest we want to distroy others with our evil and diebolical mind all in d name of power,taging it as a religiouse fight,I will be d last person on earth to be dat fabricated storie from ppl,who ever those boka haram or what ever they call them selves their since will catch up with them,this is not fight of d government only we should support government whole heartedly by giving them information of any suspected movement in our envoroment,we should save our selves from dis evil ppl

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      well said, ibrahim.

  • Ismaila Usman

    Nigeria needs a comprehensive counter terrorism strategy…

  • oscar

    The whole story is illogical, was Abu Qaqa killed during JTF raid or a kind of stop and search?It’s a shame if truly JTF killed Qaqa…capturing him alive would have helped in unmasking prominent politicians backing the sect. I smell foul play.

  • NAGODI

    WE TRIED “KILL AND GO” BEFORE AND SEE WHAT MONSTER IT CREATED. ARE YOU SURE WE SHOULD CONTINUE KILLING OUTSIDE THE LAW?