The middle-age man, arrested by the youths on Tuesday at Ngomari ward, Bakin Borehole within Maiduguri metropolis and subsequently handed over to the Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order, said he slaughtered a village head and a police officer because he felt they were against the activities of the dreaded sect.
Residents of the area where the suspect was arrested said he came from Gwange, adding that the suspect was picked up by the vigilance youth group following the arrest of his younger brother who assisted the youths by taking them to Ngomari where the suspect was residing until his arrest.
“We were shocked when we heard that civilian JTF came and arrested a sect member in our area.
We have never imagined we could have somebody like that in our area because we have been living peacefully. We were even more shocked when he confessed that he killed 23 people in two days,” one of the residents who did not want his name in print told journalists. Sources said the suspected Boko Haram member had relocated about a year ago to Ngomari from Gwange. “He rented a room apartment there and lived discreetly,” some residents said.