Six suspected Boko Haram members, including one of their financiers, one Alhaji Salifu, were killed Monday as the police in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, smashed the syndicate responsible for the supply of arms and ammunitions to the dreaded fundamentalist group.
This came as not less than five people were said to have been killed and property running into hundreds of thousands of naira destroyed in a riot at Iju - Ishaga, a surburb of the Agege area of Lagos, Monday when two warring factions of 'area boys' took their battle for supremacy to the streets of the community.
Also on Monday, a lorry with registration number XR166LSR hit a commercial motorcyclist and its passenger along the Badagry Expressway, killing the motorcyclist identified as Murtala Sulaimon and his passenger, Adeiya Friday, on the spot.
Lagos State Police Spokesman, Samuel Jinadu, who confirmed the incidents, said the fracas in Lagos started at about 10.30p.m Sunday night but escalated Monday. According to him, "at about 10.30pm, there was a report at Iju Police Station that some street urchins from Toyin and Ishaga Street were fighting. Police operatives from the State Criminal and Investigative Department, Anti-riot Squad and regular ones swung into action and were able to douse the tension."
Parading three arrested Boko Haram suspects before newsmen in Maiduguri, Borno State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed, disclosed that most of the arms and ammunitions used by the fundamentalists are smuggled from neighbouring Cameroon and Chad Republics.
The police commissioner who explained that his command was able to make the breakthrough, said his men arrested a leader of the group, Mohammed Zakaria, alias Jiddo in Maiduguri metropolis while transporting some of the arms and ammunitions.
He said the confessional statement of Zakaria led them to the kingpins and financiers of the group, Alhaji Salifu (a resident of Damaturu, Yobe State capital) and Mohammed Goni (a resident of Maiduguri).
He said the team of police sent to the residents of the two financiers were met with heavy resistance which led to the death of the six suspected Boko Haram members , including Salifu.
Mohammed said the confessional statement of Zakaria also revealed that both financiers smuggled the arms and ammunitions, including such sophisticated weapons like heavy rocket launchers, AK 47 rifles, grenades and other lethal explosives deployed in the construction of bombs from the neighbouring countries.
One of paraded suspects, Zakaria, speaking to journalists, confessed that he was responsible for transportation of the arms and ammunitions to Borno State from Cameroon and Chad.