The man behind the production of video footages which Boko Haram insurgents usually post on the Internet, Abdullahi Abubakar Sadiq, has been arrested by soldiers of the Nigeria Army in Borno State.
Sadiq was the suspect No. 58 in the recently published photograph of ‘100 Wanted Boko Haram suspects’ that was circulated by the Department of Army Public Relations in October.
In the published photograph, believed to have been sourced from a screen grab of a video clip, Sadiq, who appeared to be in his late 40s, was seen carrying a video camera tripod.
Spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said he was arrested in Uba town of Askira Uba local area of Borno state.
Many residents of Borno state who viewed the video footage that was posted on YouTube showing the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, leading his group of insurgents to perform prayers during the last Eid Kabir celebration, confirmed that the video was taken in a community called Pumbum, which was not far away from Uba town: which made some logical sense if the Boko Haram’s video man, Sadiq, was arrested in that locality.
Beside the arrest of Sadiq, Colonel US man said four other suspected Boko Haram members were nabbed in villages around southern Borno.
Colonel Usman who is the Acting Director Army Public Relations described the arrests as “yet another unprecedented achievement”.
“Vigilant troops of 28 Task Force Brigade today arrested another Boko Haram terrorist suspect, Abdullahi Abubakar Sadiq, believed to be the terrorists’ Chief Cameraman and suspect number 58 on the list of 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists wanted list”, said Colonel Usman.
“He was arrested at Uba town, Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State. The troops also arrested two other suspected Boko Haram terrorists along with two other terrorists at at Rumirgo and Kilakasa.
Since the publication of the photos of 100 Suspected Boko Haram insurgents in October this year, about seven persons have been identified and arrested, of which one of them was an 11 years old child who said he was trained as suicide bomber with the hope of attacking inmates at the IDP where he was arrested.