•Arrested Boko Haram suspects planned to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto
…Jude Johnson and Babatunde Opalana
The Department of State Security Service (DSS) announced in Abuja on Friday that it has foiled a coordinated plan by terrorists to attack some places including Eid Praying Grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration
In a release signed by Tony Opuiyo, the DSS said it uncovered the plot to carry out attacks in some parts of Kano and some other states following the arrest of Yusuf Adamu and Abdumuminu Haladu in the early hours of Friday, June 23, 2017, in Sokoto, before they could commence their operation in Kano.
Their aim, according to Opuiyo, was to hit on soft targets such as markets, public parks, public processions, recreation centres, as well as worship centres especially the Eid Praying Grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration, adding that the latest plan by the terrorists was to unleash mayhem on Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna and Maiduguri In the past few weeks, using explosives on different cities across the country. .
However, the Service had earlier arrested the facilitator of the Kano attack, an explosive expert by name Bashir Mohammed at Unguwar Barnawa, Shekar Madaki, Kumbatso LGA, Kano State on 20th June, 2017. Their plan, together with others now at large, was to assemble the explosives and use them on select targets during the Eid-el-Fitr Celebrations.
On the arrest of Mohammed in Kumbatso, Kano, a search was conducted at his residence wherein the following dangerous weapons were recovered ;Eight (8) AK-47 rifles, Twenty (20) fully loaded AK-A7 magazines, Twenty-seven (27) hand grenades, Seven hundred and ninety-three (793) rounds of live ammunition, One (1) gas cylinders, Three (3) laptops, One (1) GSM Phone, One (1) Lifan motorcycle, One (1) Honda Civic Car (Ash); and One (1) printer.
The Service has also uncovered plans by the terrorist elements to infiltrate the ranks of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (a.k.a. Shiites). This is in an attempt to assume a formidable cover to unleash violence and evoke a complete state of chaos in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja during the group’s Quds Day Procession/Rally scheduled for today (23/06/2017) in Abuja and several States in the Northern parts of the country. Sequel to this, the Service is warning members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to desist from staging any form of procession or demonstration as the terrorists will seize the opportunity to unleash mayhem.
The Service, however has encouraged the public to disregard the antics of these terrorist extremists to cause a breakdown of law and order and instill fear in the populace, stressing that DSS “is working, in concert with other security agencies, to ensure that no section of the country is attacked during and after the Sallah celebrations. Law abiding citizens and residents are not only assured of their safety but enjoined to go about their normal businesses without fear of attack. It pledges to engage all stakeholders to ensure a hitch free Eid-el-Fitr festival across the country.
It enjoined the public to remain very vigilant before, during and after the Sallah celebrations, urging people with useful information regarding suspicious movements and faces as well as unusual activities of criminals and terrorists around their neighbourhood to immediately avail same to the Service or the nearest security agency.