A supposedly mad man suspected to be a Boko Haram member, who feigned madness, narrowly escaped arrest at Buni Yadi town in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe on Tuesday.
The Commander, 27 Task Force Brigade, Damaturu, Col. Usman Yusuf, gave the order to arrest the man when he was sighted in one of the dilapidated buildings in the deserted town.
As troops advanced to carry out the order, the suspect, who wore a white garment with an unkempt hair and chanting some incantations, disappeared.
The incident occurred when the commander led a group of newsmen who were on a guided tour of towns recently liberated from Boko Haram insurgents, visited Buni Yadi to see things for themselves.
Yusuf, however, assured that the troops would fish out the suspect soon.
The suspect was believed to be on a surveillance mission for the insurgents but pretended to be insane.