In collaboration with the Military, the Department of State Services, DSS, have apprehended some high profile members of Boko Haram including Improvised Explosive Device (IED) specialist, who had completed moves to join the Nigerian Army.
In a statement on Sunday September 4, the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo announced that the department had lodged a well coordinated counter-terrorism operation, which yielded major successes with the arrest of terrorists and other criminals across the country.
The terrorists were identified as Ibrahim Ustaz Abubakar and Idris Audu (aka AYA).
Excerpt of the statement reads:
“In response to the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano State, the Service in concert with the military, carried out coordinated operations in the state which led to the apprehension of two high profile members of the sect, namely; Ibrahim Ustaz Abubakar and Idris Audu (aka AYA).”
It said that the second suspect, Audu, is an IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country, adding that the said terrorist had already perfected plans to seek for induction in the next recruitment scheme of the Nigerian Army prior to his arrest in Kano.
The service also conducted an operation precisely on August 22, which lead to arrest of some notorious kidnappers identified as Samuel Asuquo, at Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River State. According to DSS statement, Asuquo was the mastermind of the kidnap of three Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which his gang received a ransom of N150 million.
It further revealed that the trio of Bamaiyi Mustapha (aka Dan Borno), Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu, members of a notorious kidnap gang operating around the Abuja-Kaduna axis, were arrested at Lafia, Nasarawa State on August 30 and that the gang had earlier kidnapped five Igbo women and collected N13 million as ransom.