A man suspected to be right-hand man of Khalid Al-Barnawi, the deputy to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, has been arrested, the Department of State Services (DSS) says on Wednesday. The arrested Boko Haram chief, named Bello Danhajiya was paraded before journalists. He was accused of defrauding top personalities. Garba Abdullahi, an agent of the DSS, said “Bello Danhajiya is presumed second in command to Al-Barnawi”.
“Danhajiya is a Fulani from Zamfara State and a strategic accomplice of Al-Barnawi. Preliminary investigations have disclosed his involvement in gun-running, cattle rustling and other nefarious criminal activities principally on the directives of his commander, Al-Barnawi. So far, efforts are being made to conclude the investigations and commence prosecution in line with the law.”
The suspects arrested for fraud are Aminu Ado, whom the DSS said confessed to defrauding Theophilus Danjuma of N1m; David Michika, who allegedly impersonated the secretary to the government of the federation; Umar Hamza and James Akune, who allegedly duped contractors by promising them jobs at the ministry of Niger Delta Affairs; and Kazeem Usman, who allegedly impersonated Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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