A suspected Boko Haram member on the list of wanted 100 terrorists whose photographs and names were recently released by the military was on Sunday arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA) by AVSEC, the security arm of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The suspect, Chindo Bello, was arrested while attempting to obtain his boarding pass for an Aero Contractor airline flight to Lagos. He is currently being interrogated by the military intelligence.
Sunday’s arrest is the second in recent times at the Abuja Airport, coming less than two months after a combined team of the military and FAAN officials nabbed a young man said to be monitoring movements at the airport for Boko Haram.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, who confirmed the arrest said: “The declaration of 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists has started to pay the desired dividend as one of them was arrested as he attempted to flee.
“Today at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, a man suspected to be one of the declared wanted suspected Boko Haram terrorists, Chindo Bello, was apprehended by Aviation Security as he was boarding Aero Contractors’ Airline flight to Lagos. The suspect has since been handed over to the military intelligence for interrogation and prosecution.”
The army spokesman commended those he described as eagle-eyed, patriotic security agents and good citizens for the tip-off that led to the arrest of the suspect.
The Army spokesman also reiterated the need for all well-meaning Nigerians and those residing “in our great country to be more vigilant and assist security agencies with information about the declared wanted terrorists, their sponsors and other criminals in our midst”.