The fight against terrorism in the country yielded result earlier this week when six persons with alleged links with the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, were arrested at the Maiduguri International Airport while returning from hajj in Saudi Arabia.
They were welcomed from the hajj on Monday by a combined team of the Seventh Division of the Nigerian Army and the police in Borno State.
According to army and police authorities, the suspects have been on the wanted lists of the now defunct Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order since February this year over their alleged membership of the terrorist sect.
A top military officer of the Seventh Division of the Nigerian Army that co-ordinated the arrest at the airport said in Maiduguri that the arrest of the terror suspects “was facilitated with the co-operation of the airport authorities and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCOM) by allowing security personnel do their job thoroughly at the arrival hall of the airport at dawn.
“The photographs of the suspects enabled us to identify them despite their disguise to perform hajj along with other pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. Their identities were successfully revealed at the arrival hall of the airport with their passport photographs used in the hajj.”
On how the suspects successfully went on hajj undetected, he said: “The suspects, before their departure to Saudi Arabia and during the processing of their visas and other travelling documents, changed their names, but their photographs remained unchanged, as they had been sealed to their passports and other travelling documents.”
The incident was confirmed in Maiduguri by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Gideon Jibrin, who said that the Boko Haram members on the wanted lists of both the JTF and police were arrested at the airport on Monday on their arrival from Saudi Arabia.