By Simon Ateba/simonateba.com
Bana Fanaye also known as Mahamat Moustapha, said to be the mastermind of Boko Haram operations in Chad and northern Cameroon, has been arrested by authorities in Chad. Assorted weapons, as well as cell phone SIM cards for various countries, including Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger were recovered from his residence.
Bana Fanaye is said to be the brain behind most Boko Haram operations including arms purchases in Chad and northern Cameroon. He was arrested on Friday afternoon.
Media reports quoted Chadian officials as saying that Fanaye is in charge of recruiting Boko Haram terrorists, arms purchases and planning of terrorism targets and operations in Chad and northern Cameroon.
Weapons of different kinds and assorted communication gadgets were found in his house, including more than 50 SIM cards from different countries in the sub region, tchadinfos.com reported.
It was his arrest that helped security forces locate other Boko Haram members housed in an area called Diguel Diguessou in the 8th district, the report said. Many of them were killed.