The Department of State Services (DSS) said it had arrested 20 more suspected Boko Haram commanders and members in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe states between July 8 and Aug. 25.
This information is contained in a statement issued by an operative of the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja on Sunday.
It said that of particular note was the arrest of Usman Shuaibu on July 8 in Gombe State, the coordinator and executor of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.
The statement said the arrest was made possible as a result of the service re-strategised Counter Terrorism measures.
It noted that the group’s new pattern of movement and spread was necessitated by the pressure being put on it in its core areas of strength in the North East.
The statement noted that the arrest of Shuaibu and the core members of his group stemmed the spate of bombings by the extremist sect.
It said the sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos State showed the determination of the sect to extend its nefarious terrorist activities to other parts of the country.
“The arrest of these confessed terrorist elements has however helped in no small measure to avert devastating attacks in the area.
“However, the Service is making efforts to conclude its investigations and commence prosecution of the suspects, ” it said.
It said the service was determined to work with other stakeholders in the fight against terror and other forms of criminality in our country.
“Citizens and residents are therefore called upon to rise to the occasion by volunteering useful information to the service and relevant security agencies,” it said.( NAN)