The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has arrested some kingpins of the Boko Haram sect and the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) at Kukuntu Village, Gwagwalada area council in the FCT.
The Service, in a statement signed by Tony Opuiyo, listed the arrested kingpins of ISWA as Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo.
The Service also revealed the arrest of the members of the dreaded Basalube kidnap group in Abuja that were responsible for the kidnap of Sen Ayodele Arise and a Portuguese national, Emmanuel Machada, who died in their custody last year.
The statement further noted that the arrests were part of its efforts to thwart the budding cells of the Islamic terrorists, disclosing that it was equally a harvest of arrests for gunrunners and kidnap kingpins at many parts of the country.
The DSS noted: “On June 17, 2018 at Karu Village, Abuja, two members of the dreaded Basalube kidnap group, namely Usman (aka Siddi) and Ibrahim Muhammed (aka Ganaja) were apprehended.
“It would be recalled that the duo had been involved in several kidnap activities, notably those of Sen Ayodele Arise on December 5, 2017 in Kogi State and a Portuguese National, Emmanuel Machada (late), earlier on October 24, 2017 during which two Policemen were killed in the same Kogi State.
“In order to flush out the Basalube kidnap gang, the Service further carried out an operation in which one of the group’s notorious members, Tambaya Umar, was arrested on April 24, 2018 at Odigie Village, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State”.
According to statement, Umar was arrested alongside Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Mohammed, Aliyu Manu and Umar Mohammed for their complicity in the group’s numerous criminal acts.
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP Friday added: “Earlier in the year, on March 27, 2018, at Calabar town, Cross River State, five members of a kidnap syndicate namely; Simeon Paul, Emmanuel Anna Etim, Eric John Out, Famous Eket Oleke and Felix Bassey Eshet were arrested.
“The underlisted items were recovered from the gang; one AK-47 Rifle; three empty AK-47 Magazines; 38 rounds of live ammunition; two live rounds of 9mm ammunition; one Mossberg pump action rifle; and 15 live cartridges of ammunition.
“On April 14, 2018, Adamu Hassan (aka Aiki), the dangerous gang leader of a kidnap syndicate was arrested at Ogbomosho, Osun State. Hassan was responsible for the kidnap of a Pastor at Ibillo, Edo State.
“Five Pump Action Rifles and Nine loaders were recovered from him during his arrest. Initial investigation and confessions of Hassan led to a follow-up operation on May 23, 2018. During this operation, Umar Abdullahi (aka Wukari) and Hassan Ahmed, gunrunners and associates of Aiki were apprehended at Ishua, Akoko-South East LGA, Ondo State. The duo was in possession of five pump action rifles”.
The DSS said in a bid to continuously thwart the budding cells of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram, it conducted special operations on identified targets.
This, it noted, led to the successful arrest of Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo, commanders of the group on May 5, 2018 at Kukuntu Village, Gwagwalada Area Council, FCT, Abuja.
The statement continued: “Relatedly, the Service had on April 28, 2018, at Muda Lawal Market, Bauchi, Bauchi State, arrested another member of the ISWA, Umar Dogo. The suspects were discovered to have concluded plans to not only perpetuate the ideals of the Movement in the area, but to, in collaboration with Boko Haram, carry out heinous violent attacks on innocent persons.
“Following intelligence reports, Adamu Hassan (aka Bale) and Abubakr Abubakar (aka Alhaji/Buba), experts in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) assembly were arrested.
Also on April 12 and 19, 2018, at Gassol and Ardo LGAs of Taraba State, Mohammed Saleh (aka Azrak) and Iliyasu Abubakar (aka Ruwa), Boko Haram members and cattle rustlers were respectively apprehended.
“Between May 9 and 29, 2018, several associates of the dreaded kidnapper, Terwase Akwaza (aka Gana) were arrested at various locations in Benue State”.
It listed those arrested to include Ada Kajo James, Tikaa Ornen Desmond and Joseph Ikpa, adding that a Toyota Venza Sport Utility Vehicle was recovered from the suspects.
In the same vein, the DSS disclosed that on May 29, 2018, Umar Ali, leader of a kidnap syndicate who is notable for operating around Edo and Delta States was arrested at Oghara, Ethiope West local government in Delta State.
It said, “Also arrested were some of Ali’s lieutenants, namely: Faruk Bello, Bello Ali, Mohammed Ali and Abdullahi Ali. This gang was responsible for the abduction of a Turkish national in Ifaki, Ekiti State on May 6, 2018.
“On May 14, 2018, the Service rescued a kidnap victim, Bimbo Adebiyi upon a raid of the group’s hideout at Grace Estate, Ajah, Lagos State. Other members of the kidnap gang that were apprehended include: Tunde Akinsola; Wakil Alade; Olumide Braimoh; Raymond Adingiou; Isiaq Abesin; Victoria Nwabueze; and Zabala Amolokwe.
“On May 9, 2018, around Katibu Village, Lau LGA, Taraba State, a joint team of the Service, the Military and the Police while on a clearance patrol, encountered an ambush by a group of armed herdsmen, numbering about 100”.
The Service further noted that it took superior firepower of its operatives to force a retreat by the attackers, adding that 10 herdsmen were killed and several others escaped with bullet wounds during the confrontation.
It listed items recovered from the bandits to include two AK-47 Rifles, one G3 rifle, three dane guns, two cutlasses, and four motorcycles.
Again, DSS said on May 25, 2018, one Abdulhameed Musa and Adamu Abdulkareem, both members of a militia group terrorizing villages in Nasarawa State, were arrested at Yelwa Village, Doma local government area of the state.
It added that on May 24, 2018 along Lafia-Akwanga road, Nasarawa Eggon in Nasarawa State, an arms courier, Adamu Hamza was arrested while transporting arms and ammunition to kidnap syndicates operating within the Katsina and Zamfara axis.
The Service said, “The consignment was transported in a Red Volkswagen Golf car with Lagos registration number FK-390-EL. On June 1, 2018, a joint operation with the military at North Bank, Makurdi led to the arrest of Akpenlamun Uto, a notorious gunrunner and kidnap kingpin whose activities have no doubt fuelled violent attacks around this locality.
“Previously, on June 6, 2018, at the Boys’ hostel of Kogi State University (KSU), Anyingba, 14 suspected cultists were arrested over repeated cult clashes at the Institution.
“Items recovered from the suspects include: one locally made Pistol, one browning Pistol, one shot gun, live cartridges; an axe, a machete and GSM Phones. On the same date, an internet fraudster, Obinomhe Omonjele Daniel, who clones the social media accounts of security personnel, and uses same to defraud unsuspecting members of the public was arrested at Egbe, Uromi, Esan North LGA, Edo State. While other accomplices of his, particularly, Sabi Boy are on the run, investigations are ongoing.”
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