A top Boko Haram commander has been captured in Ondo state.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, made the announcement on Tuesday in a statement in Maiduguri.
He said the high-value target identified as Idris Ibrahim Babawo, number 156 on the Boko Haram wanted list, was captured by police.
Babawo, 42, who also goes by the name Idoko or Nagada, was captured while trying to evade arrest.
Kukasheka said that the terrorist had since been handed over to the military.
“The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police on Sept. 24 at about 2: 00 p.m., arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorist, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, believed to be number 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists list.
“He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army at about 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 25 by the Ondo State Police Command.”
Kukasheka said that preliminary investigations showed that the Babawo hailed from Chinade village in the Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
He said that Babawo escaped from the North-East because of what he described as sustained military onslaught on the jihadists.