Department of State Services, DSS, said it has arrested a 14-year-old boy suspected to be spying on travellers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Consequently, the service said it has stepped up security at all airports across the country to frustrate other criminal plots and protect lives and property.
Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army have arrested three suspected members of Boko Haram terror group as well as uncover bomb making factory in some parts of Borno, the most hit by terrorists activities in North-East region.
The secret police, in a statement yesterday by its presumed spokesman, Tony Opuiyo confirmed that its operatives apprehended one Sulaiymon Abdulrahman (aka Sunday Ajayi), a 14-year-old boy from Kogi State, who was monitoring travellers’ movements, passenger screening, boarding procedures and other processes at the departure and arrival halls.
Opuiyo revealed that on August 24, DSS operatives, in liaison with NAIA aviation security, arrested Abdulrahman who confessed that he infiltrated the airport with the assistance of one Dauda Sadiq (aka Peter) who is presently at large.
Abdulrahman further revealed that Sadiq directed him to spy on the installation and pass to him information in respect of travellers’ movement, boarding procedures and other processes at the airport.
“With this knowledge, the service is working closely with major aviation stakeholders, especially the Aviation Security Department, to forestall any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports.
“This is aside other measures which have been put in place to ensure protection of lives and property across the country,” the DSS stated.
The service reminded the public to remain vigilant and patriotic by being security-conscious at all times. It further urged them to report all issues and suspicious persons to the nearest security agency.
“The public is further enjoined to assist with information that could be useful in stamping out insecurity with a view to making Nigeria safe,” the DSS said.
On the arrest of the three suspected insurgents, a statement issued by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the troops achieved the unprecedented feat yesterday during a cordon and search operation at Sandia, Kokakowa and Nyaleri villages suspected to be Boko Haram enclaves.
Col. Usman said the troops discovered and destroyed another Improvised Explosives Device, IED making factory at Miyati and Nyaleri villages, along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road, in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The statement said in addition, three terrorists were arrested comprising an “Ameer,” a high contact and a foot soldier.
“Among items discovered apart of the IED making equipment, were a Peugeot pick up van, foodstuffs, 10-KVA Lister generator, gas cylinders, borehole, pumping machine, 3 bags of maize, 1 bag of millet and 13 empty AGO jerry cans, amongst others.
The army spokesman stated further that the joint operation between the Brigade and Nigerian Air Force who provided air cover and tracking, was part of the determined effort by the military to rout out terrorists in the general area and open more roads hitherto held by the terrorists for public usage.
“It is also part of the renewed effort and vigour on the part of our troops to meet up with the set dateline that has turned the tide and momentum of the battle against the Boko Haram terrorists in our country. I am glad to say that the troops are on high morale and very excited with their accomplishment thus far.
In a related development, troops have made substantial progress in an advance to reclaim and destroy terrorists held areas within Gamboru Ngala general area.

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