by Isi Esene
The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) operating in Kano have confirmed the death of a top Boko Haram leader and two others.
Reports say the members of the militant Islamic sect were traveling from Maiguguri to Kano with a woman and three children in the car earlier today in the Mariri area of Kano when they met men of the JTF at a military road block who ordered them to stop. The car they were traveling in had a registration number, ABJ 620 AE.
The men reportedly refused to stop and made attempts to escape; their action led to a shoot-out which finally saw the death of the man widely believed to be the Boko Haram spokesman, Abu Qaqa.
The spokesperson for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano, Lt. Ikediche Iweha, confirmed the death of one terrorist and the arrest of two others but he could not confirm the identity of the militant killed. Several communication gadgets were said to have been recovered from the suspected militants.
He also did not divulge to the press the identity of a woman who was said to have been arrested in the incident. The woman and the three children are reported to be in the custody of the State Security Service.
Efforts to reach the sect by Premium Times through its usual platform returned no response, breaking a pattern of its media engagement strategy.
Spokesperson for the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, refused to comment on the arrests or the incident.