The Acting Director, Defence information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, on Saturday confirmed the arrest of the second in command to Shekau who has been on the wanted list of the Nigerian security operatives.

The arrested Khalid Albarnawi also doubles as the leader of the Ansaru Islamic Sect.

The Defence spokesperson also confirmed that the arrested terror suspect was cooperating with security operatives by way of volunteering information.

According to Abubakar, “I can confirm that he (Albarnawi) is in custody. It is a product of the existing synergy among the security agencies which led to this breakthrough in the war on terror.

“He has been arrested and he is with the relevant agencies and he is cooperating with giving information.

“He is the second-in-command as far as the Boko Haram hierarchy is concerned. So their days are numbered by the grace of God.”

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