TRENDING: DSS Burst Kidnap, Boko Haram Cells
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The Department of State Services, DSS, has announced its busting of more kidnap gangs and Boko Haram cells in parts of the country.
The spokesman for the agency, Tony Opuiyo, said the first kidnap gang of seven were busted on July 3 at Kakuri Industrial Area of Kaduna State, followed 24 hours later by the arrest of two members of another gang.
The arrested members of the first gang are Haliru Hassan, Usman Abdulkadir, Yusuf Saidu, Abubakar Shuiabu, Abukakar Suleman, Uzairu Bawa, and Sani Abubakar, said to have been terrorising motorists and commuters within the Rijana and Katari axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
The second gang, according to the DSS, is led by Rabiu Sani aka Dogo and his close associate, Abubakar Sani.
The gang is believed to have been supplying arms and ammunition to criminal elements in Kaduna, Kano, Taraba and Plateau States.
Recovered from the suspects are: a blue Volkswagen Vento with Reg. No. MGU 106 EA, One Pistol, 4 AK-47 Magazines, 5 FN rifle, 989 rounds of Ammunition, One (1) round of 9mm Ammunition, One (1) Beretta magazine, and N457, 140.
The agency added: ”On July 5, 2017, at Ikara Junction, Tudun Wada LGA in Kano State, two 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 live cartridges and a bullet proof vest were found in their possession during their arrest.
“Also, on August 4, 2017, this Service arrested a suspected gun-runner, 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 operatives recovered from him a grey Opel Vectra V6 with Reg. No. 899-MKA and 31 AK-47 magazines.
“On July 14, 2017, at the Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe, FCT, the Service smashed the kidnap syndicate led by one Ebifagbe Dickson aka Ginikachi and five 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 Local Government Area ( LGA).
"It was also intercepted while plotting to perpetrate series of kidnap operations in the Federal Capital Territory-Abuja.”
The agency said that in furtherance of its counter-terrorism/insurgency fight against extremist elements, a tactical operation against fleeing Boko Haram fighters on July 1, 2017, at Sakwai in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State led to the arrest of one Usman Musa, described as a high profile Boko Haram cell leader, and six 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.
Other Boko Haram suspects arrested at Bali. Taraba State, were Sabuwar Yelwa and Tamburawa, Dawakin Kudu, Kano State.
Two of them were intercepted while heading to Lagos, in furtherance of the group’s cause.
“The Service also arrested one Bashir Yahaya Ojo, a suspected member of an ISIS-affiliated extremist cell and close associate of Bilal aka Malik, another extremist element at Nagazi in Adavi LGA.
Ojo, in connivance with other members of the cell, has been indoctrinating and recruiting vulnerable youths in the State for the extremist group,” DSS said.