Source: The Moment Nigeria
THE Nigerian Army yesterday told an Abuja Federal High Court that the slain leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf had over four thousand members of the sect under his control and command.
The army also said those members were tormenting the peace in Borno and its environs.
Colonel Benjamin Ahanotu revealed this during cross-examination in the case instituted by the Federal Government against six policemen believed to have shot Yusuf dead when the Army in Maiduguri handed him over to the police three years ago.
During cross-examination, Colonel Ahanotu also said Yusuf’s men were moving explosives and weapons, as well as sowing military uniforms across the Nigerian border town of Damasak.
The colonel, who led the operation that arrested the leader of the sect, stressed that ‘when we got to Borno, there was an uprising, a buildup, and there was movement of explosives and weapons across the border including men in military uniforms.
They were purchasing all forms of weapons and why this was going on, appropriate quarters were briefed and action was taken.’
‘I went there with eight of our members (Army) and we arrested Mohammed Yusuf. Our mission was to capture him, and when we did that we handed him over to the police, but I did not follow them to the police station,’ Col Ahanotu testified.
Meanwhile, the court adjourned the matter today for continuation.
By Josef Iorakpen-Ishu, Abuja