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DSS Releases Identities Of 21 Alleged B/Haram Front-Line Members

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The Department of State Services (DSS) said it has arrested a number of alleged Boko Haram commanders who are in covert operations across the country.

A statement on Sunday by DSS official Tony Opuiyo said: “a number of them have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between 8th July and 25th August, 2015.”

He explained that the DSS re-strategised counter terrorism measures brought about the breakthrough in the arrests of some notable commanders of Boko Haram

Opuiyo noted that the group’s new pattern of movement and spread was necessitated by the pressure being put on them in the North East.

He said the DSS on 8th July, 2015 in Gombe State arrested those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.

Opuiyo said a suspect in custody Usman Shuaibu allegedly revealed that he coordinated the attacks with the sum of N500, 000 provided by his Amir, one Isa Ali.

The DSS said Shuaibu claimed that Isa Ali has links to the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, from where he collects monies to fund operations undertaken by their Markaz.

Opuiyo also said Shuaibu further revealed that he has participated in several Boko Haram attacks, including the attacks at Gwoza Divisional Police Station in 2014.

The DSS said Shuaibu admitted being the leader of the team of nine sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks.

“He disclosed that four out of the nine of them were used as suicide bombers in executing all the suicide attacks,” the DSS added.

Opuiyo said another suspect Ahmed Mohammed is an IED expert, who confessed to the preparation of the IEDs used for the said attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.

The DSS claimed that Mohammed also claimed that it was Shuaibu who strapped the suicide bombers, Sule and his wives, with IED vests, which they used in the attacks in Jos.

Opuiyo said Adamu Abdullahi confessed that Usman Shuaibu motivated him to work closely with Ahmed Mohammed in the preparation of the IEDs used in the attacks.

Ibrahim Isa another suspect allegedly confessed that he was the one who carried out reconnaissance on the targets in Jos ahead of the attacks.

Also, Muttaqa Yusuf allegedly disclosed to the DSS that one Aliyu, believed to be Aliyu Gombe, in Sambisa forest, was the one that ordered the serial attacks which the syndicate carried out.

The DSS said “he further confessed that he assisted Usman Shuaibu in planning and executing the said attacks.”

Opuiyo said other arrests include: “Bakura Modu: arrested on 20th July, 2015, at Kara, Isheri Berger, Ikeja LGA, Lagos State and Mustapha Alli Jamneri: arrested on 24th July, 2015, at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Alimosho LGA, Lagos State.

Some others are: Abuyi Sherriff; arrested on 7th August, 2015, at Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland LGA, Lagos State and Babagana Ali and Babagana Koloye; arrested on 7th August, 2015, at Eric Moore, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere LGA, Lagos State.

Also arrested are Abba Modu Sagma, arrested on 9th August, 2015, at Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State and Grema Abubakar and Tijani Bagudu were arrested on 10th August, 2015, at Amukoko, Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State;

Others are: Baba Alhaji and Abass Ibrahim: arrested on 10th August, 2015, at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Ojo LGA, Lagos State and Ibrahim Audu: arrested on 19th August 2015, at New Artisan Market, Enugu, Enugu State.

Ibrahim Haruna from Kanawa village, Sumaila LGA, Kano State was arrested on 21st August, 2015, at Kwomi village, Kwami Local Government Area (LGA), Gombe State while Mal Ali Mohammodu was arrested on 22nd August 2015, at Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Fagga LGA in Kano State.

Also Adam Wakil Abdul Jilbe was arrested on 23rd August 2015, at Obanikoro Area, Mushin LGA, Lagos State and Mohammed Usman was arrested on 25th August, 2015, at Atuashe Estate, Gbagada, Kosofe LGA, Lagos State.

The DSS said “he further confessed that he assisted Usman Shuaibu in planning and executing the said attacks.”

Opuiyo said other arrests include: “Bakura Modu: arrested on 20th July, 2015, at Kara, Isheri Berger, Ikeja LGA, Lagos State and Mustapha Alli Jamneri: arrested on 24th July, 2015, at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Alimosho LGA, Lagos State.

Some others are: Abuyi Sherriff; arrested on 7th August, 2015, at Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland LGA, Lagos State and Babagana Ali and Babagana Koloye; arrested on 7th August, 2015, at Eric Moore, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere LGA, Lagos State.

Also arrested are Abba Modu Sagma, arrested on 9th August, 2015, at Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State and Grema Abubakar and Tijani Bagudu were arrested on 10th August, 2015, at Amukoko, Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State;

Others are: Baba Alhaji and Abass Ibrahim: arrested on 10th August, 2015, at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Ojo LGA, Lagos State and Ibrahim Audu: arrested on 19th August 2015, at New Artisan Market, Enugu, Enugu State.

Ibrahim Haruna from Kanawa village, Sumaila LGA, Kano State was arrested on 21st August, 2015, at Kwomi village, Kwami Local Government Area (LGA), Gombe State while Mal Ali Mohammodu was arrested on 22nd August 2015, at Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Fagga LGA in Kano State.

Also Adam Wakil Abdul Jilbe was arrested on 23rd August 2015, at Obanikoro Area, Mushin LGA, Lagos State and Mohammed Usman was arrested on 25th August, 2015, at Atuashe Estate, Gbagada, Kosofe LGA, Lagos State.

The DSS further said the arrest of Usman Shuaibu and the core members of his cell stemmed the spate of bombings by the extremist sect.

Opuiyo recalled that Shuabu and his group were arrested on their way to Bauchi State where they had planned to execute bomb attack and this was frustrated by the arrest.

He also explained that sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos State points to the determination of the sect to extend its terrorist activities to the State and other parts of the country.

Culled from Daily Trust newspapers