- Nabs Abuja-Kaduna kidnap kingpins, other criminal gangs in Nigeria
The Department of State Services (DSS), has recorded significant successes in bursting a growing Boko Haram terrorists networks in Kaduna state, North West of Nigeria
The Service has as a result arrested suspected terrorists, kidnap kingpins terrorising people around Abuja-Kaduna axis, as well as other members of notorious criminal gangs across the country.
DSS in a statement signed by Mr. Tony Opuiyo on Monday said the feat recorded in its tactical operations, some of which were planned and executed with sister agencies and targeted at kidnappers, terrorists and other high profile criminals across the country.
Opuiyo stated that “following the ongoing concerted operations by the Military in the North East, some Boko Haram elements in a bid to spread their network resettled in Kaduna and its environs”.
He noted that the Service’s current operations in the Kaduna axis are targeted at thwarting the new terror cells before they become fully active and deadly.
For this reason, he said, on May 19, 2017, the Service arrested six suspected Boko Haram insurgents at various locations in Igabi and Kaduna North LGAs, Kaduna State.
“Those arrested have been identified as Abubakar Sadiq Muhammad, Muhammed Nazifi, Abubakar Usman, Yusufu Idris Usman, Usman Idris Usman, and Ismail Idris. At Unguwan Sanusi, Kaduna South LGA, Abubakar Mohammed, a Boko Haram suspect was also arrested,” he stated.
Onslaught against kidnappers, criminal gangs
Opuiyo stated that the hunt for the notorious kidnap kingpin, Terwase Akwaza (aka Ghana), led to the arrest of some of his close associates.
For instance, he said, on June 9, 2017, the trio of Dondo Orsaa, Terhile Mbaloha and Teryima Ihiambe (aka Clark) were apprehended at various locations within Katsina-Ala LGA, Benue State for their sustenance of kidnap operations across Benue and Taraba States.
He said that during the operation, one AK-47 rifle, a 9mm Pistol, Ammunition and complete set of Army uniform were recovered from Orsaa.
He also noted that on April 10, 2017, one Terna Sakpo, an informant to the Akwaza syndicate was arrested around the Army Barracks in Takum, Taraba State.
He stated: “In Edo State, the Service on 9th June, 2017 at Aviele, Etsako West LGA, arrested 15 kidnap suspects led by Lance Corporal Samaila Madu, a dismissed soldier. Another member of the gang, Ibrahim Topa sustained gunshot injury in his left leg while he was trying to escape.
Similarly, in Ebonyi State, one Chinonso Onwe (a.k.a Abino Flash) was arrested at Izhia Community, Ohaukwu LGA on 1st June, 2017, by the Service in collaboration with the Community’s Security Council for armed robbery and kidnapping. He was identified to be a member of the Black Axe confraternity. During his arrest, two locally made pistols and a pair of Nigerian Army fatigue was among items recovered from him.
“Prior to these arrests, the Service, in collaboration with the Military, on May 11, 2017, at the Kano State stretch of the Falgore Forest, arrested five suspected Kidnappers/Cattle rustlers namely– Sani Hassan (aka Ashana); Suleiman Abdullahi (aka Dogo Sule); Bashiru Abdullahi (aka Lamo); Amadu Abdullahi (aka Mallam); and Auwalu Sanda (aka Maitaru).
“Also, on May 17, 2017, along the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) road, Rivers State, the Service arrested one Alesa Abdulkarim, for his alleged involvement in the kidnap of one Mayowa Akinkuade.”
In the same vein, Opuiyo said that on May 19, 2017, at Achala Autonomous Community, Obowo LGA, Imo State, the Service arrested one Chinyere Onyeanulum for his connection with the kidnap of one Jennifer Chizitere Anuruo.
He that concerned with the plethora of kidnappings on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, the Service, on May 28, 2017, arrested Aminu Aliyu in Sokoto State for the kidnap of Ifeanyi Amos (a Nigerian Army Captain) on May 27, 2017 along the Jaji-Kaduna Highway.
Opuiyo said that on June 7, 2017, the Service also arrested Yusuf Ali at Ungwar Danmani, Rigasa, Kaduna-North LGA, for his suspected membership of the syndicate terrorizing users of the Abuja-Kaduna Road.
Again, he said on June 9, 2017, at Dankande village, Rigachiku, Igabi LGA, Kaduna State, the Service confronted a notorious kidnap gang. Though Isah BAKI, leader of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, three of his members namely: Hassan Abdullahi (22 years), Abubakar Abdullahi (27 years) and Suleiman Abdullahi (30 years) were arrested.
According to him, o the same June 9, 2017, along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Road in Kaduna, the Service engaged another dangerous kidnap group and arrested two of its members: Yusuf Sani and Yusuf Adamu.
He said the two AK-47 rifles and nine live ammunitions were recovered from the suspects who are currently being interrogated.
More crackdowns against terrorist suspects
Opuiyo said that the DSS has been committed to the effort aimed at achieving a terror free country, and has sustained its counter terrorism/insurgency operations.
To this effect, he said the Service has continued the degrading of the capabilities of these terrorist elements.
He noted that the Service in a joint operation with the Military on 9th June, 2017, arrested Abdulhamid Isiaka (aka Small) and Habib Audu, at Obajana and Ibilo in Kogi and Edo States respectively.
“It is instructive to note that Isiaka is a Libyan returnee, who had travelled to that country alongside Abu Uwais, a most wanted terrorist. While in Libya, Isiaka had undergone terrorism training and also acquired a cache of weapons in preparation for attacks in Kogi and Kaduna States. He however became notorious and specialized in gun-running, kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorist acts. Isiaka has made useful statements to facilitate further investigations and actions against the terrorist and kidnap networks on the Abuja-Okene and the Kaduna-Abuja axis,” he stated.
Opuiyo further stated that on May 1, 2017, at Galadima, Kogo District in Shiroro LGA of Niger State, Ishaq Hashim and six of his accomplices namely: Hassan Mohammed, Uzairu Umar, Adamu Abdullahi, Sa’idu Abdullahi, Salisu Haruna and Abubakar Muhammadu were arrested by the Service, in collaboration with the Military, for their notoriety in Boko Haram activities.
He stressed that these groups were responsible for several armed robberies and string of kidnappings in Niger State, especially around the Suleja area.
He stated further: “On May 8, 2017, at Damaturu, Yobe State, the Service arrested one Samaila Abdullahi (a.k.a Mohammadu), a close associate of Mai-Mata, an ally of a Boko Haram Commander, Abu Ammar.
“Lastly, on May 30, 2017, at Gwagwalada Town, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, two suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Muhammed Babangida and Abdullahi Sakihu, were arrested by the Service.”
Opuiyo also assured the Service’s commitment to public peace and order and renewed determination to partner with appropriate agencies and authorities to ensure that the country is cleared, within the confines of the law, of criminal elements.
Sequel to this, he urges law abiding citizens and residents to go about their normal businesses without fear or hindrance.