The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested Boko Haram cell leader and kidnappers of a German national among other categories of criminal elements.
Tony Opuiyo of the DSS public affairs department gave updates on the activities of the Service from July to early August thus:
“On 3rd July, at Kakuri Industrial Area in Kaduna State, the Service arrested one Haliru HASSAN and six (6) other members of a notorious kidnap gang operating along the Abuja – Kaduna High Way. The gang, which comprised Usman ABDULKADIR, Yusuf SAIDU, Abubakar SHUIABU, Abukakar SULEMAN, Uzairu BAWA, and Sani ABUBAKAR, has been terrorizing motorists and commuters within the Rijana and Katari axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
“On 4th July, 2017, along Zaria – Funtua Road in Giwa LGA, Kaduna State, the Service busted another kidnap gang and apprehended its kingpins, Rabiu SANI aka DOGO and his close associate, Abubakar SANI. SANI is a notorious kidnapper and gun-runner who has been supplying arms and ammunition to criminal elements in Kaduna, Kano, Taraba and Plateau States. During their arrest, the following items were recovered from the duo:
- A Blue Volkswagen Vento car with Reg. No. MGU 106 EA,
- One (1) Pistol,
iii. Four (4) AK-47 Magazines,
- Five (5) FN rifle,
- Nine Hundred and Eighty Nine (989) rounds of Ammunition,
- One (1) round of 9mm Ammunition,
vii. One (1) Beretta magazine, and
viii. The sum of Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand One Hundred and Forty Naira (N457, 140).
“Similarly, on 5th July, 2017, at Ikara Junction, Tudun Wada LGA in Kano State, two (2) high profile kidnappers namely: Rabiu DAHIRU aka KACHALLA and Umar YA’U were apprehended by the Service. DAHIRU and YA’U are members of the kidnap gang which has been operating at the Falgore forest in Kano State. Twenty six (26) live cartridges and a bullet proof vest were found in their possession during their arrest.
“Also, on 4th August, 2017, this Service arrested a suspected gunrunner, Haruna MUSA at Kasuwan Magani area, along Kaduna-Kachia Road in Kaduna State. MUSA is a gun-runner who has been ferrying arms and ammunition to criminal elements especially kidnappers along forested communities in Birni Gwari and its environs. The following items were recovered on him during his arrest; Opel Vectra V6 car with Reg. No. 899-MKA (grey colour), Thirty one (31) AK-47 magazines.
“On 14th July, 2017, at the Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe, FCT, the Service smashed the kidnap syndicate led by one Ebifagbe DICKSON aka GINIKACHI and five (5) others namely: Williams JEPHTER, Messiah PHILIPS, Sample REUBEN, Prosper EBITARI and Charles Krobo JAMES. This gang was responsible for the kidnap of five German expatriates of Bayelsa Coastline in Brass LGA, was also intercepted while plotting to perpetrate series of kidnap operations in the Federal Capital Territory-Abuja
“In Kogi State, the Service arrested Jonathan LUKAS and his accomplice, Nafiu USMAN at Ajipome, Dekina LGA, on 27th July, 2017, for their involvement in the series of kidnapping incidents in the State.
“In furtherance of its counter-terrorism/insurgency fight against the extremist elements, the Service conducted a tactical operation against fleeing Boko Haram fighters on 1st July, 2017, at Sakwai in Kachia LGA of the Kaduna State.
“During the operation, one Usman MUSA, a high profile Boko Haram cell leader, was apprehended alongside six (6) of his accomplices, namely Isa HALIDU, Ibrahim DAUDA, Bature MOHAMMED, Buhari DAUDA, Inusa USMAN and Adamu IBRAHIM. Light arms, ammunition and radical literature were recovered from the cell.