Great!! Chibok girls abduction sponsors arrested

Nigerian troops have arrested a
businessman accused of
“participating actively” in Boko
Haram’s mass abduction of nearly
300 schoolgirls from the
northeastern town of Chibok last
year, Nigeria’s Defense Ministry
said Tuesday.
Spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris
Olukolade said Babuji Ya’ari
headed a “terrorists’ intelligence
cell” for the Islamic extremists
while masquerading as a member
of the self-defense Youth Vigilante
Group.
That confirms suspicions that the
vigilantes have been infiltrated by
Boko Haram.
Soldiers have told the AP that some
of their comrades also belong to
Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic
extremist group.
“The arrest of the businessman …
has also yielded some vital
information and facilitated the
arrest of other members of the
terrorists’ intelligence cell who are
women,” Olukolade said in a
statement Tuesday night.
He did not say when the arrests
were made or how many people
were arrested.
He alleged that Ya’ari has since
2011 coordinated several deadly
attacks on the northeastern city of
Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko
Haram, and spearheaded the May
2014 assassination of the emir of
Gwoza, a religious and traditional
ruler who was targeted for
speaking out against Boko Haram’s
extremism.
One arrested woman, Hafsat Bako,
confessed to coordinating the
payroll for operatives paid a
minimum of 10,000 naira (about
$50) a job, the defense ministry
statement said.
Boko Haram was responsible for
the April 2014 kidnapping of 273
girls from a boarding school in
Chibok.
Dozens escaped but 219 schoolgirls
remain missing. The mass
abduction sparked international
outrage and demands for the girls’
release under the Twitter hashtag
#BringBackOurGirls.
The extremists last year took
control of a large swath of
northeastern Nigeria where they
declared an Islamic caliphate. This
year, they became the West African
franchise of the Islamic State
group.
As their attacks spread across
borders, a multinational army from
Nigeria and neighboring countries
mobilized and this year drove Boko
Haram out of towns. Suicide bomb
and attacks on villages continue.

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