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Monday, August 31, 2015

DSS nabs Boko Haram suspects in Lagos, others

Operatives vow to frustrate sect’s activities
Detectives have arrested 19 suspected Boko Haram
terrorists in Lagos, Enugu, Plateau, Kano and
Gombe states.
The suspects were some of the commanders and
frontline members of the sect who had played
active roles in its bloody campaign, particularly in
the Northeastern.
The suspects, who were arrested between July 8
and August 24, included those that coordinated
and executed suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano,
Zaria and Jos.
The Department of State Service (DSS) broke the
news yesterday in a statement signed by its
spokesman Tony Opiuyo.
One of the suspects, Usman Shuaibu (a.k.a Money),
revealed that he coordinated the attacks with
N500,000 which was provided by his Amir, Isa Ali,
the DSS said.
“Shuaibu claimed that the said Isa Ali has links to
the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar
Shekau, from where he collects monies to fund
operations undertaken by their Markaz.
“Also, he revealed that he has participated in
several Boko Haram attacks, including the attacks
at Gwoza Divisional Police Station in 2014.
“Shuabu also admitted being the leader of the team
of nine sect members that was dispatched from
Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks. He
disclosed that four out of the nine of them were
used as suicide bombers in executing all the
suicide attacks,” the statement added.
Another suspect, Ahmed Mohammed (a.k.a
Abubakar) who the Service described as an
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert,
confessed to having prepared the IEDs used for
most of the suicide attacks in the Northeast.
He was also quoted by the DSS to have confessed
that he prepared the IED strapped to the vests
worn by a suicide bomber and his wives which they
used in the recent Jos attacks.
Also in the net is Adamu Abdullahi (aka Babpa)
who was said to have confessed that Usman
Shuaibu motivated him to work closely with Ahmed
Mohammed (aka Abubakar) in the preparation of
the IEDs used in the said attacks.
Another of the suspects, Ibrahim Isa, reportedly
confessed that he carried out reconnaissance on
the targets in Jos ahead of the attacks.
Muttaqa Yusuf (aka Mohammed Sani/Mudtaka) was
said to have named Aliyu, who is believed to be the
notorious Aliyu Gombe of Sambisa forest, as the
one who ordered the serial attacks which the
syndicate carried out at various locations in the
Northeastern part of the country.
He was said to have confessed that he assisted
Shuabu in planning and executing the said attacks.
Other suspects arrested in various parts of Lagos
include: Bakura Modu, Mustapha Alli Jamneri,
Abuyi Sherriff, Babangida Ali, Babangida Koloye,
Abba Modu Sagma and Grema Abubakar, Tijani
Bagudu, Baba Alhaji and Abbas Ibrahim, Adam
Wakil Abdul Jilbe and Mohammed Usman.
Ibrahim Audu was arrested in Enugu; Ibrahim
Haruna was arrested in Gombe, Mal Ali
Mohamodu was arrested in Kano.
The DSS said the terrorists have decided to spread
to other parts of the country as a result of the
pressure being put on them in their core areas of
strength in the Northeast.
“Nigerians and indeed the general public have to
note that the arrest of Usman Shuaibu (Money) and
the core members of his cell, stemmed the spate of
bombings by the extremist sect.
“Money and his group were arrested on their way
to Bauchi State where they had planned to execute
another heart-rending bomb attack and this was
frustrated by the arrest.
“Furthermore, the sudden influx of Boko Haram
members into Lagos State points to the
determination of the sect to extend its nefarious
terrorist activities to the state and, in fact, 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.”
“Drawing from the above, the DSS reiterates its
avowed determination 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 other relevant
security agencies,” the DSS stated.

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