The Leader of Boko Haram, the Islamic sect responsible for days of deadly violence in Northern Nigeria has been killed in custody, police officials say.
The announcement came just hours after police said they had captured Mohammed Yusuf in the city of Maiduguri. His followers have been blamed for violence in the north that has left more than 300 people dead, in Bauchi, Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Kano.
“He has been killed. You can come and see his body at the state police command headquarters,” said Isa Azare, spokesman for the Maiduguri police command, told Reuters news agency.
He was arrested earlier in the day, after reportedly being found hiding in a goat pen at his parents-in-law’s house.
Apparently Mohammed Yusuf, was arrested by security agencies in November of 2008 and taken to court for prosecution but an Abuja High Court set him free. It was also noted that security agents had been aware of this group’s existence since 1995.
Married to four wives with 12 children, Mohamed Yusuf who was born on the 29th of January, 1970, hails from Girgir village in Jalasko Local Government Area of Yobe state.
Additionally, 18 suspected Boko Haram members were arrested in Jos, Plateau State yesterday.
Source: Vanguard NGR