The Nigeria Police Force has discovered a suspected Boko Haram sleeper cell in Kano state.
The police made the discovery in a joint operation it carried out with men of the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defence Corps, the Hisbah as well as local vigilantes in the state.
The action to rid the state of insurgency, according to the New Telegraph, became necessary following the constant alarm raised by the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Ganduje had often warned of the influx of insurgents who have been dislodged from the north-east.
The report said it was in the process of combing black spots in the state that the cell was discovered while 53 Boko Haram suspects are said to have been arrested following credible intelligence.
Confirming the discovery and arrests, the spokesperson of the police in the state, DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, said the 53 Boko Haram suspects were among the 840 other people arrested across several hide outs within the city.
The report said the Boko Haram suspects were undergoing interrogation.