Boko Haram leader narrowly escapes arrest

r. Shekau escapes in a Golf car by the whiskers after his house was surrounded by security operatives

The national leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, has narrowly escaped arrest in Kano when a joint security team stormed an apartment in the Naibawa Darnamawa area of the city, where he had for long been hiding.

Mr. Shekau, multiple security sources told Premium Times, had rented the apartment in the name of one of his lieutenants, Mohammed Aliyu (alias Hamza), but lived there with his family.

But sometimes in mid December 2011, a combined team of the State Security Service, the Nigerian Army, and the Police stormed the apartment after the SSS had placed it under 24 hour surveillance for several days.

Mr. Shekau, our sources who were part of the operation said, was almost captured when fully armed members of the sect launched a vicious attack on the security team, gunning down three police officers on the spot.

While the exchange of fire between the security team and the insurgents lasted, a Golf car with registration number, AE 913 TBW, zoomed into the compound.

In a jiffy, Mr. Shekau and his family members were rushed into the car and chauffeured off. As soon as the car sped off, the sect members, who engaged the security team, withdrew and fled in different directions.

One sect member was killed in the operation, two escaped with bullet injuries while one Suleiman Gambo (alias Babangida) was arrested.

- Premium Times

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