The Joint Task Force in Yobe State announced yesterday that one Bakaka who is believed to be the field commander of the Boko Haram sect in Damaturu has been killed. A statement issued by the JTF spokesman, Lt Eli Lazarus said the Yobe sect kingpin was among 30 sect members killed and 10 members were arrested after a search operation at a hideout in the Khandahar area of the state capital.
The statement read: “In the early hours of Sunday, October 7, 2012, men of JTF in Damaturu, Yobe State on cordon and search operation in suspected Boko Haram hideout at Kandahar and the cemetery areas of Damaturu engaged in a gun battle with the suspected terrorists. “About 30 suspected Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the battle which lasted several hours. In the battle, the notorious, one-eyed Bakaka, the field commander of Boko Haram in Damaturu and a close associate of Abubakar Shekau was killed.
Ten others arrested during the battle are presently assisting investigators to track other senior members of the terrorist group. Six rifles, 90 rounds of ammunition, several handsets and sim packs were recovered. Other items recovered include knives, bows and arrows, diggers and 2 keke NAPEP tricycles. Also, 3 cans of IEDs recovered were detonated.”
He noted that the success so far recorded in the operation showed the cooperation of the residents, urging those that had credible information to be free to contact the task force through some designated telephone numbers which he gave. These include 08064174066, 07085464012 and 08154429346.