- Category: National Security
- Published on Saturday, 04 February 2012 19:26
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Top security agencies on Friday insisted that it was the spokesman of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, Abu Qaqa that was arrested by operatives of the State Security Services(SSS) on Wednesday.
Sources within the security networks said that interrogation so far had revealed that the suspect was Abu Qaqa.
It was learnt that the man arrested confirmed that he was the one bearing the name, while his voice modulations also confirmed the voice.
A source said that the SSS was not out to play with the sensitive job of securing the nation.
"The security agency involved is doing its job creditably. We don't play politics," a source said.
Another source said that the identity of the person arrested matched that of Qaqa, who it said had been trailed for some months.
“He has confirmed being Abu Qaqa. He did not say he is Abu Dardaa," the source further stated, adding that the sect was merely trying now to raise a replacement who would adopt the same name.
"They are obviously trying to launch a propaganda by announcing a 'missing or arrested' Abu Dardaa, and subsequently buy enough time to assemble another Abu Quaqa," the source submitted.
Other sources claimed that recent claims by the sect that the arrested man was Abu Dardaa and not Qaqa, was false.
"They don't want members of the public to see them as vulnerable. Similarly, Abu Quaqa is a pseudonym and they are trying to raise another person. The man who denied the arrest is believed to be the newly appointed spokesperson,” the sources said.
It was also gathered that the crack within the sect had widened following disagreements over the use of violence by members.
According to the sources, those opposed to bank robbery and killing of innocent lives are arguing that though they are not opposed jihad via arms struggle, the seet members should not perpetrate evil.
It was, however, gathered that Abubakar Shekau, the current leader, had remained a champion of violent attacks since the days of the slain leader, Mohammed Yusuf.
The soures said that Yusuf was not keen on violence, but had to give in to the Shekau group.