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DSS nabs Boko Haram cell leader in Kano, kidnappers of German archeologists

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  • Records success containing kidnappings, robbery and terrorists activities 

Babatunde Opalana 

The Department of State Services (DSS) reeled out successes recorded in its tactical operations in parts of the country between July and early August 2017, including the arrest of Boko Haram cell leader in Kano state, as well as the kidnappers of two German archeologists in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.

The Nigerian Secret Police in a release signed by Mr. Tony Opuiyo on Friday, described the feet as the consolidation of efforts to degrade, contain and deter the activities of terrorists/insurgents, kidnappers, and other criminal elements.

Opuiyo said that the DSS in July apprehended 11suspected kidnappers along the Abuja- Kaduna highway, Zaria- Funtua road in Kaduna and Tundun Wada in Kano and seized cash, properties and arms and ammunitions from them.

According to him, Haliru Hassan and six other members of a notorious kidnap gang operating along the Abuja – Kaduna high ay were caught on 3rd July, at Kakuri Industrial Area in Kaduna State, who have been terrorizing motorists and commuters within the Rijana and Katari axis of the highway, while on 4th July, Rabiu Sani aka Dogo and Abubakar Sani, members of another gang were apprehended along Zaria – Funtua Road in Giwa LGA, Kaduna State. Sani is a notorious kidnapper and gun-runner who has been supplying arms and ammunition to criminal elements in Kaduna, Kano, Taraba and Plateau States.

During their arrest, the following items were recovered from the duo: a blue Volkswagen Vento car with Reg. No. MGU 106 EA, one Pistol, four (4) AK-47 Magazines, five FN rifle, nine Hundred and Eighty Nine (989) rounds of ammunition, one round of 9mm ammunition, one Beretta magazine, and the sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand One Hundred and Forty Naira (N457, 140).

Also on 14th July, 2017, at the Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe, FCT, the Service smashed the kidnap syndicate led by one Ebifagbe Dickson aka Ginikachi and five others namely: Williams Jephter, Messiah Philips, Sample Reuben, Prosper Ebitari and Charles Krobo James who were responsible for the kidnap of five German expatriates of Bayelsa Coastline in Brass LGA. They were intercepted while plotting to perpetrate series of kidnap operations in the Federal Capital Territory-Abuja

In Kogi State, the Service arrested Jonathan Lukas and his accomplice, Nafiu Usman at Ajipome, Dekina LGA, on 27th July, 2017, for their involvement in the series of kidnapping incidents in the State.

“In furtherance of its counter-terrorism/insurgency fight against the extremist elements, the Service conducted a tactical operation against fleeing Boko Haram fighters on 1st July 2017, at Sakwai in Kachia LGA of the Kaduna State. During the operation, one Usman Musa, a high profile Boko Haram cell leader, was apprehended alongside six (6) of his accomplices, namely Isa Halidu, Ibrahim Dauda, Bature Mohammed, Buhari Dauda, Inusa Usman and Adamu Ibrahim. Light arms, ammunition and radical literature were recovered from the cell.

“In Taraba State, the Service intercepted one Usman Halaji aka Abubakar Mubi, on 5th July 2017, at Bali town, where he was hibernating after fleeing Sambisa Forest following military bombardment of the area. He was discovered to be advancing the doctrines of the terrorist group as well as recruiting vulnerable minds to join its ranks.

“On 13th July, 2017, another cell Amir (leader), one Yusuf ISAH was arrested at   Sabuwar Yelwa area of Dala LGA in Kano State. It was sequel to this that a member of the cell, one Yakubu Usman (Alh.) who had also fled from Sambisa forest following military operations in the North East was arrested, on 28th July, 2017, by the Service.

“Furthermore, on 3rd August, 2017, two (2) suspected Boko Haram fighters namely Buba GEBI aka Dogo Dan Cameroon and Manu ISAH, were apprehended by the Service at Tamburawa, Dawakin Kudu, Kano State, on 3rd August, 2017. The duo were intercepted while heading to Lagos, in furtherance of the group’s cause”, said Opuiyo.

Armed robbers were spared as the Service on 10th August, 2017, at Kwatte Village, Rigasa District, Igabi LGA in Kaduna State, the Service, in conjunction with the Military, raided the hideout of a notorious armed robbery/kidnap gang during which one Shehu Lawal was shot dead and both Lawan, Mohammed Tukur  and Usman Mohammed were arrested.

In a bid to contain the boundary crisis between Ikot Offiong Community in Odukpani LGA of Cross State and Okuiboku in Itu LGA of Akwa Ibom State, he said that, the Service carried out a detailed investigation and found that a militant group led by one Don Marine aka The Don based in Odukpani is a key provocateur in the crisis.   Consequently, on 10th August, 2014, the Service, in liaison with the Nigerian Army, raided the militants’ enclave located along Ikonoto Road, Ikonoto clan of Odukpani during which one Blanko was shot dead while three others were arrested and two escaped with gunshot injuries.

While acknowledging the efforts of the general public in providing critical and actionable intelligence, the Service promised to collaborate with relevant security agencies in degrading and containing the activities of criminal elements and groups across the federation.


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