Boko Haram commander who escaped from prison in 2010 rearrested – Official

Boko Haram

A Boko Haram commander who escaped from prison in 2010 has been re-arrested, the State Security Services, SSS, said.

In a statement by a Tony Opuiyo, the SSS said that the service arrested Nasiru Sani, also known as Osama, in Bauchi on March 15.

He said Mr. Sani escaped from Bauchi Central Prison in October 2010 and hid in Maiduguri, Borno State.

Mr. Opuiyo said that in continuation of the service crack down on insurgents, it arrested another suspect, Adamu Jibrin, at Jeka-da-Fari Market in Gombe on March 13.

He said the suspect who operated under the pseudo name of Dantata Sule, serves as a middleman for Boko Haram members and their commanders.

He said the suspect had affirmed his membership of the sect.

Mr. Opuiyo said in sustaining its operation, the service also arrested a suspected Boko Haram commander and food supplier, Ibrahim Fulata, and three of his associates in Dustsen Tanshi area of Bauchi State on February 28.

He said the suspects were being questioned to establish other possible members of the network.

Mr. Opuiyo said that the service had also arrested Boko Haram suspects in Kano, Kogi and Yobe.

The activities of Boko Haram have caused the death of about 100,000 people since 2009 according to official figures.

Mr. Opuiyo attributed the recent successes recorded to the cooperation and support of Nigerians who volunteered useful information to the service.

He assured that the service would maintain the zeal to ensure safety of lives and property of Nigerians.


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  • Okokondem

    The Buhari administration made
    two campaign promises during the 2015 election notably to fight corruption and Boko Haram. They seem to be failing in both promises, especially now that the man is engaged in a third fight…for his life. May God be his judge.

    I wasn’t among the people that celebrated Buhari’s election victory as the answer to Nigeria’s corruption and many other problems. That’s because I felt that way about, and gave benefit of doubt to Goodluck Jonathan when he became president under sets of unusual circumstances.

    He became a state governor by default, became vice president from relative obscurity as a governor of a less known state, and became the president once again by default following the demise of his boss.

    Some of us truly interpreted these unusual circumstances surrounding his ascendancy to power at various levels as manifestation of Devin intervention Nigerians have come to believe is the only answer to the country’s intractable, systemic problems. We were all proven wrong. That profound disappointment informed my skepticism with Buhari being the new savior.

    Although this happened before he became president and so I will direct this question to the security agencies…how does a suspect for Islamic terrorism, in custody, manage to escape?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      If you take off myopic glasses, you’d see that the escape happened under the watch of your uncommon hero.

      As with so many other things, the Buhari you sought to blame for our man’s incompetence, is still cleaning up after him.

      The only intervention that Fortunato had in his rise to power was demonic and devilish.

      • Netanyahu

        You were in a hurry to comment. Read his opinion again and you will see the reason most of you fail simple exams and then saved by federal character and or coming from educationally backward state.

    • Muhammad

      Simply untrue and false.