The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested the “spiritual leader at a Boko Haram cell in Kano”, as well as other insurgents plotting to carry out attacks in some states.
A statement signed on Monday by Tony Opuiyo, its agent, said the secret police also disclosed that it rounded up some members of kidnapping gangs in Benue, Akwa Ibom and Calabar states.
“Following threat messages against some members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja and Lagos, this service responded and subsequently apprehended one Aikhoje Moses, on 19 August 2016, at Azagha by-pass off the Benin-Asaba expressway in Edo state. Before his arrest, Moses had threatened the diplomatic community in Nigeria, particularly the consular-generals of Switzerland and Denmark and their embassies in Nigeria, warning them to leave the country,” it said.
“The service also arrested one Mudaisiru Jibrin aka Namakele/Alarama on 17 July, 2016, at Sauna quarters, Yankaba area in Kano. Jibrin was the spiritual leader to a newly uncovered Boko Haram cell in Kano. Preliminary investigation so far conducted revealed that he was also the mastermind of the shooting of some students at Government Secondary School (GSS), Mamudo village near Potiskum, Yobe State, in 2013.
“Similarly, on 8 July, 2016, at Kinkinau area in Unguwar Mu’azu of Kaduna metropolis, the service arrested one Mukhtar Tijani, a notorious Boko Haram fighter and three of his accomplices namely, Isiaku Salihu, Abdullahi Isah and Hindu Isah. The four suspects were apprehended while perfecting arrangements for major coordinated attacks on selected targets and locations in Kaduna state.
“In a related development, on 12 August 2016, at Auchi in Edo state, three members of the Ansaru terrorist group hibernating in Kogi state were apprehended by the service. Usman Abdullahi, Abdulmumuni Sadio and Ahmad Salihu were arrested while making arrangements to launch attacks on some selected targets in Edo and Kogi states, before escaping to join ISIS in Libya.”
The DSS further said that it arrested members of a gang which specialised in cattle rustling and kidnapping in Zamfara and Katsina states.
“Following recurring attacks by cattle rustlers in Zamfara state, this service conducted series of operations in collaboration with the military to degrade the criminal network of one ‘Buhari General’ in the state. Sequel to these operations, this service arrested one Abdullahi Haruna aka Douglas, a bread seller on 13 August, 2016, at Hayin Buba area in Gusau LGA of Zamfara state. Haruna was intercepted while using the cover of his petty business, to monitor security bases and movement of security agents in the state, in a bid to facilitate counter-attacks against security personnel deployed to the state,” it said.
“Also, on 12 August, 2016, at Aliero town in Aliero LGA of Kebbi state, one Hussaini Alhaji Sule aka Yellow, was apprehended by the service. His arrest was facilitated by an earlier operation of 29 July, 2016, when one Hafizu Sani, a spy and criminal associate of ‘Buhari General’, was apprehended by this service. Prior to his arrest, Sani was also spying on the movements of security agents in Zamfara state. Sani, in concert with other elements, has been terrorising local communities in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara states respectively, engaging in cattle rustling and kidnap activities.
“Meanwhile, following the spate of gruesome killing and kidnap incidents in Benue state, on 8 August, 2016, the service arrested one Terfa Jirgba and two of his accomplices, namely Terzungee Kwaghaondo and Mathias Aende, at Badagry street off Esther Aka road in Makurdi, Benue state. Jirgba is an active ally and gang member of Terwase Agwaza aka Ghana, a notorious kidnapper who runs a kidnapping and criminal network in Benue state.
“In a follow-up operation, one Terungwa Abur was trailed to Port-Harcourt City in Rivers state. He was eventually picked up on 16August, 2016. Abur is the second in command to Agwaza and a key member of the kidnapping gang of Terwase Agwaza aka Ghana which operates from Benue state. He acts as a courier for the underworld gang and was the negotiator of the N4m ransom paid to the gang for the release of two Indian national staff of Dangote Cement Company, Yander-Gboko, who were kidnapped on 29July, 2016, in Markudi city. He also participated in the killing of one Ortin in Gboko township on 1August, 2016.
“To address the activities of various criminal syndicates that have in recent months terrorised residents of Calabar and parts of Akwa Ibom state, on 15 August, 2016, along Ukpong street in Oron LGA, one Benjamin Emomotemi and his accomplices namely Gabriel Ambrose, Godbless Taliboth Mattias, Blessing Sunday, Simeon Blessing Sunday, Edet Effiong Asanagasi And Rose Williams, were all apprehended by the service tactical team. The suspects were part of a kidnap ring which masterminded the abduction of one Mr Rufus AKV on 31 May, 2016 and Senator Patrick Ani on 6 July, 2016 in Cross River state.”