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Missing schoolgirls: One arrest made

Nigeria's military have arrested a man who may have played a key role in kidnapping 200 schoolgirls.

Babuji Ya'ari who is suspected to have played a key role in the abduction of over 200 scholgirls in Chibok in April has been arrested. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Nigeria's military says it's arrested a man who may have played a key role in the abduction of the more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in April, but the whereabouts of the teenagers still remain unknown.

A terrorist intelligence cell headed by businessman Babuji Ya'ari, who participated actively in the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, has been busted.

According to a statement by Nigeria's military, Ya'ari is also a member of the youth vigilante group popularly known as Civilian JTF and spearheaded the murder of the Emir of Gwoza.

His main role in the group is to spy and gather information for the terrorist group.

Yaaro's arrest has yielded some vital information and also facilitated the arrest of others.

The schoolgirls were kidnapped in April by militant group Boko Haram.

Nigeria has been assisted in its search for them by the United States and other countries, including its neighbours.

Over the years, Boko Haram has slowly morphed from a radical clerical movement opposed to Western cultural influences to a violent network of fighters and associated criminal gangs that kill, kidnap and extort money.

The insurgents initially attacked security forces and government officials after they launched their uprising in the northeast city of Maiduguri in 2009.

When Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered an offensive a year ago to flush them out, civilians formed vigilante groups to help out, which then made them targets too.