One Modu Ari accused of being a Boko Haram spy and supplying information on movement of troops to the terrorists, has been arrested in Yobe state.
Nigerian Army’s spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima confirmed the arrest and also disclosed that the information Ari gave out led to attacks against military operatives.
"Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested suspected Boko Haram informant whose spying activities and that of his accomplices were responsible for the attacks on troops position by terrorists in Kamuya, Yobe State.
“The informant who was identified as Modu Ari was apprehended by troops of 27 Task Force Brigade.
“On interrogation, he confessed to have revealed troops’ movement and position to his Boko Haram collaborators.
“Investigation is however ongoing to unravel the network of local informants whose nefarious activities have endangered troops on clearance operations around the fringes of Timbuktu Triangle.
“The unfortunate sabotage of troops movement by Ari and his accomplices made it possible for the terrorists to attack the rear element of troops on patrol.
“Though the attack was swiftly repelled by troops from the Tactical Headquarters of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Super Camp 3 Buratai, own troops suffered some casualties.
“In spite of the setback, the Chief of Army Staff has encouraged troops of Operation Tura Takaibango to keep their fighting spirit up and to remain dedicated in the effort to flush out the remnants of the terrorists as quickly as possible.
“He charged them not to relent even in the face of gross unpatriotic acts of some locals who are snitching on their movements and positions.”