Two top members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Zakariyya Yau and Momodu Bama – aka Abu Saad – the deputy leader of the Boko Haram, alongside five others have been killed in Adamawa State by the Joint Military Taskforce, JTF, enforcing the state of emergency imposed on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Zakariyya Yau and Momodu Bama, who have been on the wanted list of the military authorities with a N10 and N25 million ransom were trailed from their base in Borno State and arrested in Mubi, Adamawa State, according to the Military authority.
The Battalion Commander of the Special Operations Battalion, Lt. Col. Beydi Markus Martins, told newsmen in Mubi, the operational base of the JTF, that the duo died in the process of arresting them.
But according to Primium Times, the military said Abu Saad was killed alongside his father, Abatcha Flatari, who was described as “one the spiritual mentors” of Boko Haram.
He was “in charge of indoctrinating child foot soldiers who are mainly abducted children,” Sagir Musa, spokesman of the Borno JTF, said in the statement.
According to Vanguard, Col Martins also disclosed the arrest of suspected Boko Haram members in Mubi last week, five of whom were paraded, while some were still being interrogated by the battalion on the level of their involvement in insurgency in Adamawa State.
The battalion commander also stated that those paraded yesterday were arrested last week when they attacked the Bureau De Exchange in Mubi International Market where they carted away millions in both Nigerian and foreign currencies.
However, some of the currencies recovered by the JTF were handed over to the chairman of the Bureau De Exchange in Mubi, after parading the suspects, who had used four Russian AK47 guns in their operations.
JTF’s recovered items included: 485 live ammunitions, 28 magazines, Dane guns, bows and arrows, axes, cutlasses, rocket propeller charger, and other dangerous weapons.
Lt. Col. Martins commended the people of Mubi for their cooperation and support, without which the achievements recorded by JTF could not have been possible. He then appealed to members of Adamawa communities in the state to continue to cooperate with the taskforce.
He also declared that the Nigerian – Cameroonian border is completely secured with the presence of the military in the area