JTF kills Boko Haram deputy leader
Momogu Bama, the second-in-command of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram has been killed by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State.
Momogu had a N25m bounty put on his head by security agencies for information that could lead to his arrest.
He met his death the same day with his father, Alhaji Abatcha Flatari, described as one of the spiritual leaders of the sect in an operation between the sect members and the JTF operatives in Bama.
The Director of Defence Information, Brig.- Gen Chris Olukolade, who confirmed his killing, described him as a vicious Boko Haram leader who took delight in personally slaughtering the sect's victims.
He added that Momogu was the expert in charge of mounting anti-aircraft weapons for the sect and coordinating members in Yobe and Adamawa states.
Olukolade said in an electronic mail on Wednesday to one of our correspondents that Momogu was identified by insurgents arrested during one of the recent encounters between the JTF and the insurgents in Bama.
He said, 'As troops intensify pursuit of terrorists who have been unleashing mayhem in Borno and Yobe communities, the death of Momogu Bama, said to be the Second-in-Command to Shekau has been confirmed by other arrested terrorists. This followed encounters with the terrorists around the Bama corridor.
'Momogu Bama personally led the attacks against troops and innocent citizens in the communities of Yobe and Adamawa. A specialist in manning the anti-aircraft guns of the group, he is known to be vicious and heartless with a penchant for personally slaughtering and executing victims.
'Momogu Bama has been a most wanted terrorist with a N25m bounty already placed on his head.'
Olukolade, who added that the JTF had intensified aerial patrol to secure communities in Borno and Yobe states, said that 17 insurgents were killed and 24 arrested during the Bama encounter.
'Others that died in the operation included Momogu's father, Alhaji Flatari, who is also one of the spiritual guiding lights of the outlawed terrorists group. Seventeen other terrorists also lost their lives in the encounter while 24 were arrested.''
He said the JTF had intensified aerial patrol to secure communities in the two states.
'The troops are continuing the pursuit of the terrorists while intensifying aggressive aerial and land patrols to ensure better security cover for the communities especially in the two states,' he said in the statement.