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  • Updated: April 12, 2024

Army captures ISWAP Commander, Abu Saidu in Adamawa

Army captures ISWAP Commander, Abu Saidu in Adamawa

The Nigerian Army recently achieved a significant victory in the fight against terrorism by apprehending a top commander of the Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP), known as Saidu Hassan Yellow, or Abu Saidu.

The arrest took place on Tuesday, April 9, during an operation conducted by the 144 Battalion, Operation Hadin Kai, in Adamawa State, as reported by Zagazola Makama, a security analyst in the Lake Chad region.

Abu Saidu, a 32-year-old ISWAP Commander, was captured in a sting operation at the Mubu Market General area.

He was a high-priority target for the military due to his role in orchestrating the assault on Askira town in November 2021, which resulted in the deaths of the Commander of 28 Task Force Brigade and three soldiers during a counter-offensive.

During the operation, the troops discovered an uncompleted building suspected to be the meeting point for terrorists, rented by Abu Saidu from a caretaker named Malam Sani for N20,000. Various items were confiscated from Abu Saidu, including three mobile phones, three ATM cards, a wristwatch, four rings, a set of keys, and N1,900 in cash.

The captured terrorist has been transferred to military headquarters for further investigation and profiling. This successful operation demonstrates the Nigerian Army's commitment to combating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of the region.

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