The Commissioner of Police in Kano state, Rabiu Yusuf has confirmed that one of the members of insurgent group, Boko Haram is an ex Air force officer who was dismissed from the line of duty.
He said the former air force man was involved in the recent gun battle between Boko Haram and police men which took place at Gaya in Unogo local government area of the state but escaped with a gunshot wound.
The police was however successful in arresting five suspected members of the terror group at their hideout through a tip off. They are Abba Muhammad of Niger republic, (20), Usman A. Buhari (23) from Borno state and Illiasu Abdullahi (46) of Gezawa local government area of Kano.
Speaking to reporters, Yusuf reiterated the importance of a joint police special team to tackle insurgents and ensure the safety of Nigerians.
“The suspects were arrested following on an active intelligence from the Nigeria police force indicating the remnants of the Boko Haram group who escaped from Sambisa forest have started regrouping in some states of the north including Kano state,” he said.
“It is because of the concern to ensure that they don’t attack any location in any state, that the inspector general of police set up a joint police special team under the supervision of CP Kano command which launched a trail mission on the remnant of Boko Haram group in various locations in Kano and its environs.
“The special police team has prevented several attempt in various places in Kano and its environs by this Boko Haram group from attacking innocent citizens in Kano.