The Army confirmed yesterday the arrest of suspected killers of Civil War hero Gen. Mohammed Shuwa (rtd).

The first General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, which he also commanded during the war, was shot dead in Maiduguri on November 2, 2012.

Acting Director of Army Public Relations Col. Sani Usman yesterday said officials of the Military Intelligence arrested the suspects after tracking them down in Kano. They were being followed from Maiduguri.

Parading the suspects at the Brigade Headquarters in Kano, Brigade Commander Brig.-Gen. Hamisu Hassan said their arrest followed sustained intelligence operation.

The suspected Boko Haram kingpins were picked up in Hotoro Quarters of the Kano metropolis.

Gen. Hassan said Ali Mohammed (a.k.a Amir) 25, was a preacher for the late Mohammadu Yusuf sect in Baga (Borno State) and was reported to have led his followers to reinforce Boko Haram fighters during their battle with security agencies that led to the defeat of their leader, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009. He is described as a strong accomplice of the suspected killer of the late Gen. Shuwa.

According to the brigade Commander , the two suspected Boko Haram members were arrested on April 30, 2016 and May 1, 2016 in Hotoro quarters by soldiers.

He said preliminary investigations revealed that Mohammed Sani Nafiu, 35, aided the terrorist, who killed the late Gen. Shuwa (rtd).

Items recovered from Ali Mohammed are: a black Volkswagen Golf car, with registration number, Delta-GWK 775 PP. ONE GSM phone and N20, 100 cash.

One GSM phone handset and N300 were recovered from Mohammed Sani Nafiu.

Gen. Hassan said the suspects are assisting the investigative team to ascertain their real status in the Boko Haram terrorist organisation.

” I want to use this medium to reiterate the stance of Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, in ridding the Nigerian territory of Boko Haram terrorists.

” I am also warning the fleeing terrorists that the armed forces are not relenting in their efforts to crush them.”

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