DSS Nabs Boko Haram IED Experts

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Lawan Daura, director general of the DSS

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The Department of State Services arrests Boko Haram improvised explosive devise experts just before enrolment into Nigerian Army

TWO high profile members of the Boko Haram terrorists sect, Ibrahim Ustaz Abubakar and Idris Audu (aka AYA), have been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security Service, DSS.

Audu is an Improvised Explosive Device, IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country. Audu had already perfected plans to seek for recruitment into the next recruitment scheme of the Nigeria Army, before his arrest. Also, as part of its commitment towards improving security across the country, The Department of State Services (DSS), has arrested one Samuel Asuquo, a kidnap kingpin at Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River State. Asuquo was the mastermind of the kidnap of three Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which the gang received ransom of N150m.

Similarly, the trio of Bamaiyi Mustapha (aka Dan Borno), Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu, members of a notorious kidnap gang operating around the Abuja-Kaduna axis, were arrested at Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The gang had earlier kidnapped five Igbo women and collected the sum of N13m as ransom and were arrested by the Service while planning a high profile kidnap in Abuja.

In another operation carried out same day at Tamburawa village along Kano-Zaria Expressway, Kano State, Alhassan Musa and Ado Yusuf, members of a notorious kidnap/armed robbery syndicate operating from Falgore forest in Doguwa LGA, Kano State, were also apprehended.

On August 19, 2016, two kidnappers operating in Zamfara and its environs arrested Abdulrasheed Ibrahim and Aliyu Umar who have been terrorizing residents of the area along with a kidnap group headed by Buhari General who is still at large.

Also, on 26th August, 2016, two notorious kidnappers, armed robbers and assassins; Moses Achia and Fanen Igbetar, were arrested at Kperlegba Village, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

One AK-47 rifle, five fully loaded AK-47 magazines, 150 rounds of live ammunition and one pistol loaded with 15 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them. The syndicate had planned to kidnap a female business tycoon in Makurdi, Benue State.

On Sept, 3, 2016, a kidnapping gang under the coordination of one Sunny Isaac/late, which has been terrorizing residents in States of the South-East zone, was busted by the Service at Aba in Abia State. Prior to their arrest, the gang had masterminded series of kidnapping incidents in the State, including the abduction of one Uche Ikonne/f, an American citizen in the State.

Other members of the gang arrested by the Service include Nnaoma Amak, Chiedozie Ebere, Bartholomew Micheal, Chinweotito Innocent and Celestine Ikarangwan, while items such as N400,000, a Double-Barrel gun with two live ammunition, a Toyota-Corolla car, a Volkswagen Golf car, and the mobile cellphone of the Ikonne were recovered on them at the time of arrest.

In another development, the Service arrested one Abbas Mohammed, who was sending several threat messages to the Ukranian Ambassador to Nigeria. at Asokoro, Abuja.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Mohammed was formerly employed by the embassy as a driver but he began threatening his former employer after losing his job arising from an alleged gross acts of insubordination.

A statement by Tony Opuiyo, said that the Service, on the economic front, is currently intensifying action against high level fraudsters whose unwholesome activities is negatively affecting investors confidence with multiplier risk to genuine businesses nationwide.

Accordingly, one Izuagie Mohammed was arrested in Benin City, Edo State on 24th August, 2016, for impersonating the Accountant General of the Federation. Mohammed had already defrauded unsuspecting members of the public posing as the Nigerian AGF on Facebook and promising them facilitation of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) empowerment loan, before he was apprehended by the Service.

In a further action, on 28th August, 2016, Taiye Alade and Ajoke Kolawole were also arrested by the Service at Fabian Hotel, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State for cloning the GSM number of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (GMD NNPC), and using it to defraud his close associates.

Also, one Mike Ewugbara, a known child trafficker was arrested at Okigwe, Imo State on 26th August, 2016. Three kidnapped children were rescued from his hideout including one Miracle who was abducted in Benue State.

— Sep 5, 2016 @ 09:10

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