He was reportedly arrested in Kaduna by the SSS, early on Wednesday, but he has denied the report.
Mr. Qada, whose true identity is unknown, regularly circulates statements to journalists via emails. He also grants telephone interviews to journalists, but has remained very elusive, just like other members of his deadly sect.
However, speaking with journalists from an unknown location on Thursday, a man who claimed he was Qada said the militant arrested was one Abu Dardaa.
“The person that was arrested was Abu Dardaa and not Abu-Qaqa. I am Abul Qaqa, the spokesman for the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnati Lidda’awati Wal Jihad. Abu Dardaa is the head of the Lagina (Dept) of public enlightenment and not the spokesman,” the man said.
The militant went on to say that Dardaa was asked by the sect to meet with government officials after the group had decided to respond to the government’s call for dialogue.
“The arrest of Abu Dardaa is an outright deception and betrayal by the Nigerian government and security agents. They proclaimed dialogue and are doing the opposite. His arrest has proved to us that they were waiting for us to avail ourselves so that they can arrest us.
“We purposely sent Abu Dardaa to Kaduna to discuss with some key government functionaries on the issue of dialogue. Indeed, he had started talking to them but unknown to him, they (had) directed some security agents to trail him and arrest him.
“This is exactly what happened. He volunteered to present himself for the dialogue but was betrayed. Everybody knows our capability and tactics of operation. It is evidently clear that none of our members could be caught on a platter of gold and without confrontation.”
He said: “We initially thought that the much talked about dialogue was true and we actually resolved that after the initial meeting with Dardaa, we would send five representatives to stand for us.
“Part of what we told him to discuss with the government representatives was the unconditional release of our members as pre-condition for any further discussion.”
“I want to reiterate that we want all our members to be released for peace to return and for dialogue to hold.”
However, the State Security Service spokesperson, Maryln Ogar, has also denied having arrested the spokesperson of the extremist Boko Haram Sect, Abu Qada.
Ogar said: “I don’t know where they got the information that the guy was arrested. The truth is we don’t have him. I don’t have any such information that he was arrested.”
The SSS is reputed for making a show of its major arrests, parading suspects and appearing on television shows to showcase its “achievements”.