Nigeria denies US troops arrested Boko Haram leader

Some local dailies reported earlier that a Boko Haram kingpin was nabbed by American troops in Borno state.

Nigeria denies US troops arrested Boko Haram leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nigerian authorities denied late Saturday that foreign troops who are in the country to help in the search for the abducted schoolgirls had made any arrests.

"There has been no arrest or operation by any foreign military or security allies in the ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted girls," Defense spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a statement.

He added that some pictures purportedly showing some American marines holding a Boko Haram suspect were from outside Nigeria.

"Contrary to the reports and the pictures being circulated to illustrate the claims, there has been no incident or record as reported," Olukolade said.

"Indeed no troop of the American Marines has so far been deployed in any part of Nigeria as is being circulated in certain main," he added.

Some local dailies reported today that a Boko Haram kingpin was nabbed in Maiduguri – the provincial capital of the Borno state - by American troops.

One of the dailies claimed that the Americans have located the exact location in the dreaded Sambisa forest – a Boko Haram stronghold - where the girls are being held.

"International coalition is quite appropriate in handling terrorism being a trans-border and global crime," said the army spokesman.

"The public will be duly briefed on the areas of collaboration with allied forces in the mission to bring back our girls as the need arises," he added.

"There is, therefore, no need to engage in misleading speculations while the mission is in progress," Olukolade said.

Military teams from the United Kingdom and United States arrived in Nigeria on Friday as part of a global response to last month's abduction of scores of schoolgirls .

On April 14, Boko Haram rebels stormed a school in the town of Chibok, located on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest, and loaded scores of schoolgirls onto trucks before driving away unchallenged.

The exact number of abducted schoolgirls, however, still remains dogged by controversy.

Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in Nigeria's local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption.

The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.

In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.

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