POLICE sources said on Monday that men of the Plateau State police command arrested a suspected spy for the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, while spying on policemen on parade at the Mobile Police Barracks, Sector 8, in Jos, Plateau State.
The arrest of the unnamed middle-aged suspect followed recent complaints by members of the public over the existence of some strangers said to be parading in parts of Jos and Bukuru metropolis.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspect was arrested on Monday while spying on some policemen at parade rehearsals in preparation for the pulling-out ceremony of the state police commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe.
Police sources said the presence of the suspect near the parade ground raised the suspicion of those on parade and when the policemen attempted to interrogate the young man, he took to his heels.
The Boko Haram suspect was said to have caused a scare when he ran towards the nursery and primary school building located within the barracks, but he was apprehended by some policemen.
He was also said to have made another attempt to escape when he was being quizzed. He was said to have been transferred to the Anguljos police station for questioning.
The arrested man reportedly told his interrogators that he was a Kanuri by tribe and had come from Gonori in the Gujba Local Government area of Yobe State.
Gonori is said to be a strong base of Boko Haram.
Spokesperson for the police in Plateau State, Felicia Anselm, confirmed the arrest, adding that investigation had commenced to determine the identity and mission of the suspect.
“Yes somebody was arrested, but we are yet to ascertain who he is and his mission. Investigations are still going on,” Anselm told our correspondent in Jos on Monday.