Abuja—The Department of State Service, DSS, yesterday, said that its operatives arrested several suspected fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Lagos, Taraba, Nasarawa and Kogi states.
The Service, in a statement by Tony Opuiyo, said: “In its determined counter-terrorism efforts to consolidate on the gains it has made in the sustenance of offensive against identified criminal gangs, kidnap syndicates and terrorist elements across the country, the DSS has recorded major successes which have further degraded the capability of these elements to operate in the county.
4 caught at Ifako Ijaiye LG
“The Service arrested four suspected fleeing members of the Boko Haram; Fanayi Bukar Hassan, Butame Hassan, Kologoni Bukar, and Amina Abubakar on January 10 (yesterday) at Oko-Oba, Ifako-Ijaiye LGA of Lagos State. They are suspected to have fled to the state to evade arrest in the ongoing military offensive in the North East. Same day at Okene town, Adavi LGA, Kogi State, the leader of the Boko Haram sect in Okene, Abdullahi Mohammed aka Huja, was arrested. Suspect had been responsible for the coordination of Boko Baram activities in Okene axis of Kogi State.
“On January 8, 2017 about 1500 hours, one Elijah Oyebode, aged 22 years, was arrested in connection with the disappearance of one Damilola Rofiat Adebisi (F), a 400 level student of the Department of Chemistry Education, Osun State University, Ipetu-Ijesa campus, Oriade LGA. The incident occurred on December 22, 2016. Oyebade confessed to picking the victim along with two other men on October 22, 2016 and claimed to have dropped them off at a house in Ikirun. Investigation is ongoing.
“On January 8, 2017, one Bello Mohammed (aka Awilo), the leader of a syndicate that specialized in car theft and burglary in Gombe State was arrested at Jekadafari area of Gombe metropolis of the state. Mohammed confessed to being the kingpin of the syndicate in the state. His confession led to the arrest of an associate, Abdullahi Ibrahim (alias Dibal) who is seen at the arrowhead of the gang in the North East. Ibrahim also disclosed that he has stolen 10 cars in Gombe.
”Based on his confession, two buyers of the stolen cars identified as Surajo Ali Gombe, and Danjuma Baka, have been arrested.
“Also on January 7, 2017, the Service also arrested the trio of Elijah Awua, Joseph Ejaka and Hope Nathan, at Kanshio, Otukpo Road, Makurdi, Benue State. The suspects are members of a notorious kidnap syndicate that has been responsible for several kidnap operations in Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau States. Their most recent venture was the gang’s abduction of a staff of Radio Benue, Makurdi on December 2, 2016.
“Suspects were arrested with a silver coloured Toyota RAV4 vehicle marked ABJ AQ 720 KUJ. Two other members of the syndicate identified as Gabriel Joshua and Timothy (FNU) are currently on the run and being trailed.
“On January 1, 2017, at Mutum Biyu in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, Bale Kolomi Grema and Kolomi Adba-Aji were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in Boko Haram terrorist activities. Also on the same January 1, 2017, a kidnap suspect, Amadu Bello, was apprehended at Hotoron Arewa, Nasarawa LGA of Kano State for his involvement in a kidnap operation at Zomo village, Ningi LGA of Bauchi State from which he got a share of N3m from the ransom.
Kidnap kingpin arrested at Abia hotel
“In a related development, on January 6, 2017, one Paul Ali (aka Simplee), a high profile leader of a kidnap syndicate was arrested at Hill Flower Hotel, Asaga Ohafia, Abia State. Ali, who operates camps at Ikot Abasi and Mbo LGAs of Akwa Ibom State, is responsible for notable kidnap incidents across the Niger Delta. He is also a member of the Bakassi Strike Force, BSF, which has carried out attacks against oil installations in the area. At the time of his arrest, Ali and his associate, Chidiebere Kanu were planning the kidnap of a Federal Lawmaker and an expatriate. Kanu is presently at large.
2 insurgents nabbed in Nasarawa
“In another incident, two suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Ibrahim Mala and Abdallah Modu were arrested on January 6, 2017 at Amba and Gudi villages of Kokona LGA of Nasarawa State. The suspects who are indigenes of Maiduguri, Borno State, had fled the military action in Borno State and were regrouping in the state under different trade covers.
“While Modu sells children’s wears, Mala, who trades in perfumes, confessed to his membership of the sect and disclosed that he (Mala) joined the Yusufiyya faction in 2007. Similarly, Abdulkarim Dahiru, a key terrorist commander and an indigene of Okengwe, Okene LGA of Kogi State, was arrested at the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja. Suspect was identified as the main coordinator of several kidnappings as well as other robbery activities in Kogi and Edo states.”