Abubakar Ahmed, 23 and Aji Maina, 45, arrested on Wednesday by troops of the Nigerian Army fighting insurgents in northeast region have been identified as suspected Boko Haram collaborators.

A spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Sani Usman, said they were arrested based on credible information.

“Both were arrested at Garin Gada and Kanamma after painstaking trailing.

“Abubakar Ahmed was arrested while trying to collect relief materials for onward conveyance to Boko Haram terrorists, while Aji Maina was arrested while on transit at Kanamma enroute Gamari in Niger Republic,” he said.

Usman also stated that vigilant soldiers of 8 Division Nigerian Army stationed at Kukawa in northern Borno intercepted two minors on Thursday.

He named them as Abubakar Aji, 13 and Isah Mustapha, 12.

“They were on spying mission on troops" location at Kukawa.

“On further interrogation, the minors claimed to have been with Boko Haram terrorists in Kangarawa since 2014,” he said.