By WOLE MOSADOMI, Minna
Niger state command of the Department of State Services (DSS) Friday in Minna paraded three suspected assassins who were hired by an unidentified politician for some special assignments.
Refusing to disclose the identity of their benefactor in order not to jeopardize ongoing investigations, the state Director DSS, Dr. Larry Obiagwu told reporters that the suspects were arrested at a hotel in Minna where they were staying with fake identities and pseudonyms , preparing to start their operation.
He said that the arrests of the suspects were due to the proactive counter security measures put in place by security agencies to maintain and stabilize the internal security of the state after the 2011 general elections.
The leader of the suspects,Richard Obafemi, who claims to be a medical doctor was arrested with a set of medical stethoscope, which Obiagwu said was used to divert the attention of unsuspecting members of the public and security agents.
According to the DSS boss, the identity card found on the suspect presents him as a ‘Pediatric Surgery Director (Consultant)’ at the National Hospital in Abuja, a claim the DSS director said was verified and found to be false.
He added that the suspect during further interrogation said he has offered his services to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Edo state.
Another suspect, Hadi Jampi Ambrose was caught dressed in a full combat military regalia with a warrant card of Nigeria Army Second (2nd) Division, a locally made pistol, a camouflage bullet -proof jacket, a military body armour and one expended round of 9mm ammunition while the third suspect, Mohammed Dikwa claims he is a Fulani cattle herdsman .
The Director of Security stated that the benefactor of the suspects had fled the state adding that measures and investigations are underway by the State Security Service to ensure that he is caught and brought to book.
Confirming this, Ambrose said that one Alhaji (who is their benefactor) told them to come to the state to carry out some special assignment after which they would be rewarded handsomely adding that they had been in the state for some days putting up in a hotel before they were caught by the men of the SSS.
He admitted that the uniform was sewn for him by a tailor in Warri while he got the military jack boot and ammunition from a retired ECOMOG soldier and that he bought the locally made pistol from an undisclosed source for N4,500.