Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, has started a manhunt for their sect members whom they accuse of conspiring in last week’s arrest of Abul Qaqa. The punishment is beheading.
As fear has spread within the group, many of its members have fled from such places as Kaduna, Kano and Maiduguri.
Sources say the manhunt began with discreet investigations in Maiduguri, Damaturu, Kano and Kaduna, where Qaqa was captured.
It is focusing particularly on those members who have pitched tent with the splinter group, ‘Ansaru,’ which has empathetically expressed disgust with the manner of operations of Boko Haram, especially the multiple bomb explosions and killings in Kano.
Boko Haram leadership, a source said in Kano, is indeed convinced that Qaqa’s movement to Kaduna was leaked there and subsequently concluded there on account of several disagreements Qaqa encountered in that city from the fall out of the multiple blasts that killed almost 200 people.
Qaqa, it was learnt, was in Kaduna for several reasons, chief of which was to receive reports from Boko Haram’s Kaduna cells, as well as re-strategize and coordinate in response to the fissures within the group.
The three women who were arrested with Qaqa are still being held and interrogated.
Qaqa was born and bred in the North-East by Egbira Muslim parents from Kogi State.