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DSS Arrests Suspected IS Kingpin, Others Across Nigeria 



By Ejike Ejike, Abuja

The Department Of State Security Service said it has arrested one Husseini Mai-Tangaran, who had masterminded plans by his group, Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) terrorists to cause mayhem and destruction that would have disrupted the Eid-Kabir Sallah festivities of 1st – 4th September, 2017.

The plan was to conduct gun attacks and suicide bombing on selected targets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States.

The Service, in a statement signed by Tony Opuiyo explained that “under the banner of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) which he belongs, Mai-Tangaran,‎  an IED expert, a senior ISWA commander who has been on the Service and Nigeria Army radar since 2012, when he spearheaded the armed attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone I, on 20th January, 2012, as well as other public places in Kano; had also been prepping and priming others for the perpetration of suicide bombing attacks carried out by the group in the past within the North-East region. ”

Mai- Tangaran, who was responsible for the deadly explosive attacks against worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque as well as an attack on a military formation in Yobe State in 2015, which claimed hundreds of lives; was arrested in Kano, on August 31, 2017, and further exploitation, led to the arrest of one Abdulkadir Umar Mohammed on September 2, 2017, at Kantin Kwari Market in Fagge LGA, Kano.

Mohammed was a fighter of the sect who left the conclave of the group in the Sambisa forest, to join ranks with Ismaila  towards carrying out the attacks being planned by the group.

Also, another accomplice in the plot, one Muhammad Ali was arrested on September 3, 2017, at Sheka area in Kumbotso LGA of the State.

According to the Service, “prior to his arrest, Ali was the financial courier of the group in Kano. He was one of the conduits through which funds and other material logistics were channeled to the group from foreign extremist elements/sponsors.

“He was involved in the plot to perpetrate the planned attacks in Kano and other States in the North during the just concluded Eid-Kabir celebration.”

Furthermore, in a related tactical operation on September,3, 2017, the Service apprehended the duo of one Yahaya Mohammed Abatcha and Yusuf Mohammed along Top Medical Road, close to Mobile Quarters in Tunga area of Minna city, Niger State.

The Service alleged that Abatcha and Yusuf Mohammed are both fighters of the Habib Al-Barnawi – led Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) and they are the leading elements of a cell of the extremist group and have been hibernating and furthering the doctrines of the group in the city.  They were also to be responsible for operations in FCT Abuja, Kaduna and Niger States.

Meanwhile, in a bid to stem the flow of arms and ammunition in the ongoing criminality and gangsterism in Benue State being perpetrated by Gana Akwaza-led gangs, the Service arrested Moses Peverga in Abuja.

Peverage, who is based in Lokoja, was trailed and apprehended after investigations revealed him to be a major source of arms supply to the Akwaza  group and other criminal groups to perpetrate the violence in Benue and other adjoining States of Kogi and Nassarawa.

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