A leader of Islamist sect, Ansaru, has arrested while visiting to a relation inside the army barracks in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
al-Barnawi, the man touted to be leader of the Ansaru and who doubles
as the deputy of the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was arrested
last week Saturday by a team of military and DSS operatives.
According to Daily Trust, the operatives have been on his trail for some time.
was rounded up at the Chari Magumeri Barracks in the outskirts of
Lokoja town, following a tip-off. He was in the barracks to visit a
Al-Barnawi, alongside his family member and one
other accomplice have now been moved to an undisclosed Abuja location,
under tight security after the successful joint operation by the
Nigerian Army and DSS.
The terrorist who is on America’s wanted
list was said to have masterminded several robbery, kidnapping and
terrorists attacks in the state in recent months.He was also said to be
building a new Boko Haram cell in the Okene hills in the state.
Nigerian security analyst Fulan Nasrullah expressed doubts that he had
indeed been captured. “Khalid’s people and I have spoken and they have
said that he is free and was not captured, whether in Lokoja or anywhere
else,” he said.
“They have killed seven different people at seven
different times thinking they were Khalid al-Barnawi. They have no
photos of him, nor do they know any concrete information about him,” he
Source: PM News