Operatives of the State Security Service have arrested the wife of Mallam Abubakar Shekau, who is believed to be the leader of the Boko Haram sect.
Shekau, who succeeded the late leader of the Islamist group, Mohammed Yusuf, has been identified as a potent force behind the sectâ€™s violent attacks.
Shekauâ€™s wife was reportedly apprehended last Saturday along with her seven-month-old infant at their Kano residence.
Sources told our correspondent on Wednesday that the woman and her son were taken to the SSS Headquarters in Abuja later in the day.
“The woman (Shekauâ€™s wife) was picked up at a house in Kano by SSS operatives and whisked away to Abuja on Saturday. I think the security agencies are getting close to catching Shekau and when they do, that would mark the beginning of the end for Boko Haram,” a security source said.
Shekau, who is on the wanted list of security agencies along with the alleged mastermind of the United Nations office blast, Mamman Nur, had been on the run.
The SSS had offered N25m reward for anybody who could provide information that could lead to the arrest of Nur for his involvement in the attack which claimed 23 lives.
But in spite of spirited attempts to catch the two Boko Haram leaders, Shekau and Nur had managed to elude security agencies and they have continued to direct the violent activities of the sect from hiding.
The SSS could not be reached for more information on the arrest as calls and a text message to the agencyâ€™s Deputy Director, Public Relations and Media, Marilyn Ogar, were not answered.
Meanwhile, the Special Task Force on security in Jos, â€˜Operation Safe Havenâ€™ has said it has no plans to close down businesses and government activities in Jos from December 21 over a rumour that the city could be attacked.