Nigerian troops arrest aged men who worked as Boko Haram shepherds

Three elderly men have been arrested in a community in Yobe State where they confessed to be working as ranchers for Boko Haram terrorists.

Two of the men are brothers and one had earlier been declared wanted by the army.

The men were nabbed while trying to sell some livestock to raise money for the terrorist group. The money was to be used in purchasing foodstuff and other consumables ahead next week’s Sallah celebration.

One of the men, Muhammed Bulama, was identified as suspect number 105 on the photo album of most wanted Boko Haram kingpins published by the Nigeria Army directorate of public relations.

Mr. Bulama, his elder brother, Ardo Abba Muhammed and Muhammadu Kaigama confessed to the soldiers that their job schedule was keeping and taking care of all cows, sheep and horses stolen or seized by the group.

Mr. Bulama, according to a statement issued by the acting director army public relations, Sani Kukasheka Usman, had identified his own photograph on the Wanted List and confirmed being an active Boko Haram member.

Colonel Usman’s statement reads:

“The Boko Haram suspect on the wanted list number 105, Muhammed Bulama, has been arrested by troops on Tuesday 6th July 2016 in Yobe State.

“Bulama was arrested along side with 2 other suspected Boko Haram terrorists; Ardo Abba Muhammed (elder brother to Bulama as claimed) and Muhammadu Kaigama, in Azare community, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, with the help of the local vigilantes in the town.

“They were arrested riding on horseback and bicycle shepherding some sheep towards market.

“During preliminary investigation, the suspected terrorist personally confirmed his photograph on the wanted list and further revealed that he specialized on rearing animals for the terrorist group.

“He further confessed that they came to the village to sell the animals as they had ran out of cash in their hideout and would also get some food items back to for the upcoming Sallah festivity”.


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