DSS Nabs Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists In Kaduna


BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday said that it has arrested some fleeing Boko Haram elements following the ongoing concerted operations by the Nigerian military in the North East.

According to DSS, these terrorist elements had, in a bid to spread their network, re-settled in Kaduna and its environs to continue perpetrating their evil machinations.

This just as the Department has picked up a Libyan returnee, Abdulhamid Isiaka, believed to have undergone terrorism training and also acquired a cache of weapons in preparation for attacks in Kogi and Kaduna States.

However, the Service said its current operations in the Kaduna axis are targeted at thwarting the new terror cells before they become fully active and deadly.

It also reiterated its commitment to the efforts aimed at achieving a terror-free country premised on sustained counter terrorism/insurgency operations that has continued to yield great fruits.

It said for this reason, on May 19, 2017, the Service arrested six suspected Boko Haram insurgents at various locations in Igabi and Kaduna North LGAs, Kaduna State, adding that those arrested were identified as Abubakar Sadiq Muhammed, Muhammed Nazifi, Abubakar Usman, Yusufu Idris Usman, Usman Idris Usman, and Ismail Idris.

It further said; “At Unguwan Sanusi, Kaduna South LGA, Abubakar Mohammed, a Boko Haram suspect was also arrested. 

“On May 30, 2017, at Gwagwalada Town, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, two suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Muhammed Babangida and Abdullahi Salihu, were arrested by the Service. 

The Service said it has continued the degrading of the capabilities of terrorist elements as its joint operation with the military on June 9, 2017, led to the arrest of Abdulhamid Isiaka (aka Small) and Habib Audu, at Obajana and Ibilo in Kogi and Edo States respectively.

A statement by the Service which was issued by Tony Opuiyo said that Isiaka is a Libyan returnee, who had travelled to that country alongside Abu Uwais, a most wanted terrorist.

Opuiyo further said; “While in A Libyan returnee, Abdulhamid Isiaka, who 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.”

The Service also said on May 1, 2017, at Galadima, Kogo District in Shiroro LGA of Niger State, in collaboration with the military, it arrested Ishaq Hashim and six (6) 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.

According to the DSS; “These groups were responsible for several armed robberies and string of kidnappings in Niger State, especially around the Suleja area. 

“On 8th May, 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.” 

The DSS reiterated its 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

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