By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Department of State Security Service, Kano office, said yesterday that in a sting operation, it arrested a top Boko Haram commander and 30 others suspects, stating that arms and ammunition, Primed Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs were recovered from the suspects’ hideouts.
Making the revelation, the DSS Director, Kano local office, Alhassan Muhammad said that the combat operations, which was jointly carried out by the police, and operatives of DSS, led to the arrest of the unit commander of Boko Haram who was also in charge of Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto, alongside 30 other suspects while planning coordinated attacks during Sallah festivity in Kano and other major Northern cities.
He explained that the operations, which lasted for 48 hours, neutralised what would have been a bloody Eid Fitr in Kano recent history.
Muhammad said the success story was the outcome of a painstaking effort buoyed by intelligence gathering and sharing by the police and DSS which helped put more spots areas at red alert.
In his words, “we have in our custody about 30 suspected Boko Haram terrorists including a sector Commandant whom we arrested at Rijiyar Zaki and Dorayi areas of Kano in just two days.
“Our joint intelligence gathering and the synergy that existed between all the security apparatus in Kano give a moral buster to our giant efforts in tracking every suspicious movements and make it highly difficult for the terrorists to make any impact”.
Muhammad noted that the proactive move helped averted the dastardly planned to lay ambush on Kano and other cities in this period of Sallah Celebrations.
Recall that the Service had revealed on Friday that it uncovered a plot by suspected terrorists to attack Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguri during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, while Yusuf Adamu and Abdulmuminu Haladu were arrested.