Saturday, August 12, 2017

DSS arrests B’Haram cell leader, kidnappers, others

The Department of State Services said it had arrested a suspected Boko Haram cell leader and six other accomplices .

It said that the suspect , Usman Musa , was arrested in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State on July 1 .

The service , which stated this in a statement signed by its Spokesperson , Mr . Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on Friday, also said that other suspected criminals were apprehended .

He said, “In furtherance of its counter-terrorism/ insurgency fight against the extremist elements , the service conducted a tactical operation against fleeing Boko Haram fighters on July 1 , at Sakwai in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State.

“During the operation, one Usman Musa , a high profile Boko Haram cell leader, was apprehended alongside six of his accomplices .

“The accomplices are Isa Halidu, Ibrahim Dauda, Bature Mohammed , Buhari Dauda, Inusa Usman and Adamu Ibrahim . Light arms, ammunition and radical literature were recovered from the cell . ”

He said that in Taraba State, the service had also intercepted one Usman Halaji , aka Abubakar Mubi , on July 5 , at Bali town , where he was said to have been hiding after fleeing Sambisa Forest following the military bombardment of the area .

He was said to have been advancing the doctrines of the terrorist group, as well as recruiting vulnerable minds to join the group .

Opuiyo added that on July 13 , another cell leader, Yusuf Isah , was arrested at Sabuwar Yelwa area of Dala in Kano State. He said the suspect ’s arrest also led to the arrest of another member of the cell , Yakubu Usman, who was said to have fled from Sambisa Forest following military operations in the North - East on July 28 .

Furthermore, he said that on August 3 , two suspected Boko Haram fighters, namely, Buba Gebj, aka Dogo Dan Cameroon , and Manu Isah, were apprehended by the agency at Tamburawa, Dawakin Kudu , Kano State. The two suspects were said to have been arrested while heading to Lagos , in furtherance of the group’ s cause .

Opuiyo added that the service also arrested Bashir Yahaya , a suspected member of an ISIS -affiliated extremist cell and close associate of Bilal, aka Malik , another extremist element at Nagazi in Adavi . Yahaya , he said, had been indoctrinating and recruiting vulnerable youths in the state for the extremist group .

He said that on August 10 , at Kwatte Village, Rigasa District, Igabi Local Government Area in Kaduna State, the service , in conjunction with the military , raided the hideout of a notorious armed robbery / kidnap gang , led by Salisu Lawan .

He said that security operatives also smashed a kidnap syndicate at the Federal Housing Authority Estate , Lugbe , Abuja on July 14 .

According to him , the group was led by one Ebifagbe Dickson and five others, namely, Williams Jephter , Messiah Philips, Sample Reuben , Prosper Ebitari and Charles Krobo James.

He said that the gang was responsible for the abduction of five German expatriates at Bayelsa Coastline in Brass , and that they were intercepted while plotting to perpetrate series of kidnap operations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja .

Source: The Punch

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