A Boko Haram kingpin Jarasu Shira was on Wednesday morning arrested in Damboa, Borno state, accordion to Daily Trust.
He was arrested at a motor park at about 8.30am along with 10 other suspected members of the group who escorted him to Damboa to connect a vehicle to Biu enroute to Lagos. They were arrested by men of the vigilante (Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF) who are providing support to the Nigeria military battling the militant group.
A source told Daily Trust that Shira who goes by the alias Jarido is number one on the new list of wanted men by the Nigeria military. He was disguised in a cowboy outfit, Daily Trust further gathered.
He is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram militants in Damboa, Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas of Borno state.
Daily Trust learnt that the suspects have been handed over to military authorities in Biu, Borno state.
In a related development, a road side bomb suspected to have been planted by members of the Boko Haram went off on Wednesday when a passing military vehicle stepped on it.
Details of the blast remained sketchy.