…busts ISIS-linked Boko Haram ring
…arrests suspected terrorists, kidnappers
The Department of State Services (DSS) has foiled a plot by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked Boko Haram elements to attack the United States embassy, the United Kingdom High Commission, as well as other western interests in Abuja.
It will be recalled that a car-bomb attack on the United Nations Building in Abuja on August 26, 2011, had left at least 18 people dead, and scores injured. In a statement by Mr. Tony Opuiyo, the DSS said five suspects have since been apprehended in connection with the failed plot.
According to Opuiyo, its sustained onslaught against extremist elements and groups has drastically reduced their potency. Opuiyo said: “Between March 25 and 26, the Service busted a ring of ISIS-linked Boko Haram members based in Benue State and the FCT.
The group had perfected plans to attack the UK and American Embassies and other western interests in Abuja. During the operation to thwart this plan, five key suspects, namely: Isa Jibril, Jibril Jibril, Abu Omale Jibril, Halidu Sule and Amhodu Salifu, were arrested.
“Earlier, on March 22, at Fika, Yobe State, a 20-yearold Boko Haram member, Adamu Datti, was arrested. He confessed his involvement in executing the sinister activities of the group.”
The Services’ spokesman further disclosed that its ongoing operations also culminated in the arrest of two suspected associates of Abu Uwais, a kingpin of the Ansaru faction of Boko Haram, a kidnap suspect linked to Terwase Akwaaza (a.k.a Gana), as well as other suspects in Kogi State. “In the month of April, two suspected Ansaru kingpins, Ahmed Momoh and Al-amin Mohammed Jamin were arrested on April 4 at Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA, Edo State.
The two suspects were confirmed associates of Abu Uwais, a main Ansaru kingpin terrorising residents in Kogi and Edo states. “While these terrorists are already undergoing detailed investigations, the Service stepped up its efforts at stamping out the menace of kidnapping.
In Rivers State for instance, Daniel Dibiamaka was arrested on March 24 at Obio/Akpor LGA, for his complicity in the kidnap of one Emmanuel Orji Ukah on January 20.On that same day, Godsgift Isioma was arrested over his plan to kidnap one Dr. G.N Douglas.
“Determined to decisively deal with the ugly menace of kidnapping and increasing violence in Benue State, the Service, on March 23 at Bangaji, Gboko, Benue State arrested Daniel Lorve, a member of the Terwase Akwaaza (aka Gana)-led notorious kidnapping and terrorist group. Further investigation in this regard prompted a joint military/ Police/Service operation which resulted in the raid on a farm suspected to have housed the armoury of Akwaaza, known for terrorising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum LGAs of the state. High calibre arms and ammunition were recovered from the scene notably.”
He further alerted of a “racketeering network” involved in the issuance of certificates/letters of indigeneship to persons from neighbouring countries. Opuiyo said the Boko Haram sect, which is involved in the deal, is using the platform to “buoy” its membership.
On the continued detention of a former Governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, the secret police explained that the former was being held “in line with the dictate of the law”.
It said Suswam, who was arrested in connection with the discovery of some arms at a facility linked to him, has not been cooperating with investigators. “The Service has continued to hold him (Suswam) in line with the dictates of the law – more so that he has not cooperated on the issues concerning the recovery of large cache of arms at his facilities. While investigation is ongoing on this matter, the Service has valid detention warrants to keep him.
He will be charged accordingly, once the investigations are concluded,” the agency noted. This was as it vowed to deal with persons whose activities constitute threat to national security.
It said: “The Service is equally aware of the efforts being made by some individuals to create a deep sense of insecurity in some parts of the country simply for their own selfish interest. “To this end, the Service wishes to reiterate its commitment to ensuring that peace prevails across the country and warns that it will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against defaulters, no matter how highly placed.