As part of its commitment towards improving security across the country, the Department of State Services, DSS said it has apprehended 20 suspected terrorists and kidnappers across the country.
This is even as Police in the Federal capital Territory, FCT have busted and arrested 5 members of a notorious syndicate that specialises in vandalisingarmoured cables and other installations in the seat of power.
The suspects NafiuZayanu ‘m’ 20 years, YushauKabir ‘m’ 20 years, IliasuAbubakar ‘m’ 20years, AshiruSani ‘m’ 22 years and AliyuUsman ‘m’ 25 years all of Dutse-Apo Pantaker Market were arrested on August 26 at about 0300hrs at Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II while vandalising electrical cables belonging to Abuja Electrical Distribution Company.
According to a statement by the spokesman for the DSS, Tony Opuiyo, one of the suspects, Abbas Mohammed, who was arrested at Asokoro in Abuja, was sending several threat messages to the Ukranian Ambassador to Nigeria, and that preliminary investigation revealed that Mohammed was formerly employed by the embassy as a driver but he began threatening his former employer after losing his job arising from observed gross acts of insubordination from him to his employers.
Similarly, Opuiyo said, one Samuel Asuquo, a kidnap kingpin was arrested by the Service at NasarawaBakoko village in Cross River State on August 22. “Asuquo was the mastermind of the kidnap of 3 Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which his gang received ransom of N150million.
The statement further revealed that on August 30, the trio of Bamaiyi Mustapha (aka Dan Borno), Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu, members of a notorious kidnap gang operating around the Abuja-Kaduna axis, were arrested at Lafia, Nasarawa State. “The gang had earlier kidnapped 5 Igbo women and collected the sum of N13million as ransom. They were subsequently arrested by the Service while planning a high profile kidnap in Abuja.
“In another operation carried out same day at Tamburawa village along Kano-Zaria Expressway, Kano State, Alhassan MUSA and Ado Yusuf, members of a notorious kidnap/armed robbery syndicate operating from Falgore forest in Doguwa LGA, Kano State, were also apprehended. On 19th August, 2 kidnappers operating in Zamfara and its environs were arrested. They are Abdulrasheed IBRAHIM and Aliyu UMAR. The duo had been terrorizing residents of the area along with a kidnap group headed by Buhari General who is still at large.
“Also, on 26th August, 2 notorious kidnappers, armed robbers and assassins; Moses ACHIA and Fanen IGBETAR, were arrested at Kperlegba Village, Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State. One (1) AK-47 rifle, five (5) fully loaded AK-47 magazines, one hundred and fifty rounds of live ammunition and one pistol loaded with fifteen rounds of live ammunition were recovered from them. The syndicate had planned to kidnap a female business tycoon in Makurdi, Benue State.
“On 3rd Sept, 2016, a kidnapping gang under the coordination of one Sunny ISAAC/late, which has been terrorizing residents in States of the South-East zone, was busted by the Service at Aba in Abia State. Prior to their arrest, the gang had masterminded series of kidnapping incidents in the State, including the abduction of one Uche IKONNE/f, an American citizen in the State. Other members of the gang arrested by the Service include Nnaoma AMAK, Chiedozie EBERE, Bartholomew MICHEAL, Chinweotito INNOCENT and Celestine IKARANGWAN, while the following items were recovered on them during the time of arrest; the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Naira only (N400,000.00), a Double-Barrel gun with two (2) live ammunition, a Toyota-Corolla car, a Volkswagen Golf car, and the mobile cellphone of the IKONNE.
“On the economic front, this Service is currently intensifying action against high level fraudsters whose unwholesome activities is negatively affecting investors confidence with multiplier risk to genuine businesses nationwide.
“Accordingly, one Izuagie MOHAMMED was arrested in Benin City, Edo State on 24th August, 2016, for impersonating the Accountant General of the Federation. MOHAMMED had already defrauded unsuspecting members of the public posing as the Nigerian AGF on Facebook and promising them facilitation of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) empowerment loan, before he was apprehended by the Service.
“In a further action, on 28th August, 2016, Taiye ALADE and Ajoke KOLAWOLE were also arrested by the Service at Fabian Hotel, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The duo had cloned the GSM number of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (GMD NNPC), and were using it to defraud his close associates.
“Also, one Mike EWUGBARA a known child trafficker was arrested at Okigwe, Imo State on 26th August, 2016. Three (3) kidnapped children were rescued from his hideout including one Miracle who was abducted in Benue State.
The DSS’ spokesman said in response to the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano State, the Service in concert with the military, carried out coordinated operations in the State which led to the apprehension of two (2) high profile members of the sect, namely; Ibrahim Ustaz ABUBAKAR and Idris AUDU (aka AYA). AUDU is an IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country. AUDU had already perfected plans to seek for recruitment into the next recruitment scheme of the Nigeria Army, before his arrest.
“The Service wishes to assure all law abiding citizens and residents that it will not rest on its oars in its determination to ensure a safe environment for all to carry out their legitimate business. We call on members of the public to support this effort by providing useful information to security agencies”, Opuiyo assured.
Meanwhile, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa has assured residents of the territory that the FCT Police Command under his watch has put in place proactive security measures to secure and protect electrical installations and all critical infrastructures in the FCT from being vandalised by hoodlums.
Spokesman of the FCT Police Command, ASP AnjuguriManzah said in a statement yesterday that exhibits recovered from the suspects include: 87 pieces of electrical cables, giant cutting machine, and a redcolour Golf 3 car with reg. no. AH 972 KRV.
ASP Manzah also stated that, operatives of the Command while on patrol on 21/8/2016 at about 3am intercepted some hoodlums who were vandalising some armoured cables at Maitama road about by Yakubu Gowon House.
“The suspects abandoned their operational car and the vandalised cables and took to their heels on sighting the Police operatives. The following exhibits were recovered at the scene: 76 pieces of armoured cables and a black golf 3 saloon car with reg. no. YLA 582 TS.
“The Commissioner of Police has since ordered the transfer of the suspects and exhibits to the Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation that will lead to the arrest of their cohort and possible prosecution.

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