Military men attached to Operation Mesa (OP Mesa) have arrested one Abdullahi Adamu, a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect in Ijora area of Lagos State following a tip-off by residents of the community. The suspect was apprehended during a raid carried out by operatives of the security outfit comprising the Army and the State Security Service (SSS).
The raid, which took place at the Ijora 7-Up area of Lagos, came after a tip-off on the activities of a terror network allegedly co-ordinated by Iranians. The suspects was arrested after soldiers ransacked one of the buildings in the area.
Adamu was said to have concealed some devices suspected to be explosives in boxes, which were stacked in the ceiling of the house. Also recovered alongside the suspected explosives were two AK47 rifles.
The suspect was taken to the palace of the paramount ruler, Oba Fatai Aromire Ojora before being whisked away by the operatives. The leader of the Hausa community, who resides in the area, Ahmed Hamanbade, said the suspect had made some suspicious moves, which attracted the surveillance of some people in the community.
“This morning, while in my shop, I was called upon that a Boko Haram suspect was in our midst, because everyone in the community had been duly notified that when we see any strange face, we should always question the person. When we caught him, he responded to our questions in the Hausa language and we learnt that he had escaped from Mubi in Adamawa State to Lagos,” he said.
In a chat with Southwest Report, Oba Fatai Ojora expressed worry over security lapses in the country.
His words: “We have been calling on the state government to do something about this. This is the second time we will arrest Boko Haram suspects in this community and nothing has been done on that. The one we caught now had even admitted that he is a terrorist. You know that majority of the northerners in Lagos live in Ijora, Agege and Badia.’’