The Nigerian Army has announced that troops of 3 Battalion , 22 Task Force Brigade on Friday made an “ unprecedented catch” with the arrest of four key strategists for the extremist Boko Haram sect .
A statement by the spokesperson for the Army , Sani Usman , said the Boko Haram kingpins were arrested in Kala Balge local government headquarters of Rann , Borno State .
The statement reads in part : “ Troops of 3 Battalion , of 22 Task Force Brigade have made an unprecedented catch with the arrest of 4 Boko Haram terrorists Ameers ( kingpins) at Rann , headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area today, Friday 22 nd April 2016 .
“ The arrested kingpins specialized in various aspects of criminality to sustain the Boko Haram terrorists group in their areas ” .
Mr . Usman , a colonel , said the four terrorists were arrested “ following a tip -off by well -meaning members of the public ” .
He said “ Subsequently , the troops conducted a cordon and search operation in the general area that led to the apprehension of the terrorist leaders , who contribute to the sustenance of the insurgency through their illegal trade specialization ” .
The statement gave the names of the arrested suspected terrorists to include Umara Mai Gyaran Rediyo (Radio Technician) , Umaru Mai Nama , (who specializes in cattle rustling and sales) , Alifa Makinta ( a specialist on stealing foodstuffs ) and Balu Jugudum ( in charge of stolen jewelries ) .
“ Presently the suspects are undergoing interrogation ” , Mr . Usman said .