By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
The Department of State Security Services, DSS, working in collaboration with other security agencies across Nigeria says it has arrested and detained two notorious Boko Haram fighters nicknamed Osama and Okadigbo.
Similarly, the security agency has taken into its custody several other leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists, who were on a mission to launch ferocious onslaught on many locations in the country before their arrests.
In a statement by Mr. Tony Opuiyo, the DSS explained that its proactive measures had resulted in the degrading of the capability of the malevolent elements to launch attacks on their designated targets.
Opuiyo said, “On 15th March 2017, Nasiru SANI (a.k.a OSAMA) was arrested along Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi. He is a Boko Haram top commander, and discovered to have escaped from Bauchi Central Prison in October 2010 and hid in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“On 1st and 2nd March, 2017, at Ngalda Town of Fika LGA, Yobe State and Nagazi area of Adavi LGA, Kogi State, Abdulazeez UMARU and Nuhu USMAN a.k.a OKADIGBO were respectively arrested. UMARU, who has confessed his membership of the Boko Haram sect, was arrested by the Service in concert with the local vigilante. Preliminary investigations have revealed the participation of USMAN in several deadly insurgent attacks in Kogi State.
“In the same vein, on 20th March, 2017, a suspected Boko Haram kingpin, Adenoyi ABDULSALAM was arrested in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State by a Joint Military/DSS operation team. An Ak-47 rifle was recovered from the suspect who is presently undergoing investigation.
“ABDULSALAM was on the final stages of kidnapping some high level targets in Ekiti, not only to raise funds but to terrorise communities in the State. Prior to this arrest, several other Boko Haram suspects had been apprehended in various parts of Northern Nigeria especially the States of Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Kogi.
“Similarly, on the same 13th March 2017, at Jeka-da-Fari Market, Gombe State, Adamu JIBRIN was arrested. He operated under the pseudo name of Dantata SULE and served as a middleman for Boko Haram members and their commanders especially the one simply identified as KANUMBU. Suspect affirmed his membership of the sect.
“Typical cases of arrest include that of 29 year Boko Haram member, Usman Ladan RAWA (a.k.a Mr. X) on 17th March 2017 at Lafia, Nasarawa State. RAWA was discovered to have rented accommodation at Lafia for Abdullahi ISA, known for his notorious terrorist actions. His plan was to establish an effective base to conduct terrorism, kidnapping and robbery operations in Abuja, Minna, and other adjoining States.
Opuiyo also revealed that a deadly terrorist gang that had been terrorizing parts of Kogi and Yobe states had been arrested by the operatives of the DSS. Among those arrested in the two states were: Suleiman YAHAYA who had been on the wanted list of security agencies but was arrested during a raid in Potiskum LGA, Yobe State, for his role in several terrorist attacks in Borno and Yobe States and Mohammed ISYAKA (a.k.a Maikwano), was also arrested for his complicity in Boko Haram attacks in the North East.
Others were the trio of Uwais ABUBAKAR, Abdullahi UMARU and Mukhtar SULEMAN who are Boko Haram terrorists arrested by the Service’s tactical team on the 9th February, 2017, at Ayingba, Dekina LGA of Kogi said to have been actively involved in series of attacks on select targets such as the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State University and the newly constructed Kogi State Revenue House, Lokoja.