Boko Haram: 5,000 Northerners Return To Bayelsa


The new chairman of the Northern Community in Bayelsa, Alhaji Dahiru Yaru, yesterday confirmed the return of over 5,000 Northerners, who fled the state early this year for fear of reprisal attack. Yaru attributed their return to the prevailing peace in the state and assurance by security agencies that the state is safe. He said his men participated in the governorship election that produced Henry Seriake Dickson as governor after the meeting he held with them shortly before the exercise, according to Daily Trust Online.

While congratulating the new governor, Yaru urged him to work hard to improve the lives of people of the state.

Meanwhile, two suspected Boko Haram members were yesterday arrested by the Nigeria Army at the Defence Industrial Companies of Nigeria (DIC), Kakuri, Kaduna.

It was gathered that the two men drove into the area in a Mercedes car 230 and were arrested by the army after they abandoned their car and ran away.

“When we resisted their plans by trying to shoot the car, they accelerate the car and ran into the fence of the DIC,” an army officer said.

The situation was said to have caused panic in the area as residents ran for safety.

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“We have already been warned by the military not to go close to the DIC but this people came in a suspicious manner, on seen the military men, they diverted the road and ran into the fence of the DIC, broke the fence, abandoned the car and took to their heels.

“The army pursued them to a house and arrested them,” residents Alex Kwasu said.

Army Spokesman Lieutenant Col. Abubakar Edun , when contacted, said, “The issue has not been brought to our office.”

Also, a lone gunman suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect was yesterday afternoon nabbed inside the popular Baga Road market in Maiduguri.

Several gunshots caused pandemonium in the market as people scampered for safety and the market was deserted around 2pm yesterday. Spokesman of the Borno State Joint Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, in a statement to newsmen, said the task force arrested a gunman with the assistance of the traders. They alleged that the suspect was in the market to kill innocent people.

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