As part of efforts to consolidate efforts to degrade, contain and deter the activities of terrorists and insurgents, kidnappers and other criminals, the Department of State Services (DSS) on July 3, arrested one Haliru Hassan and six other members of a notorious kidnap gang operating along the Abuja–Kaduna High Way.
The arrest was made at Kakuri Industrial Area in Kaduna State.
The gang, which comprised Usman Abdulkadir, Yusuf Saidu, Abubakar Shuiabu, Abukakar Suleman, Uzairu Bawa, and Sani Abubakar, has allegedly been terrorising motorists and commuters within the Rijana and Katari axis of the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
On July 4, 2017, along Zaria–Funtua Road in Giwa LGA, Kaduna State, the Service busted another kidnap gang and apprehended its kingpins, Rabiu Sani aka Dogo and his close associate, Abubakar Sani.
Sani is a notorious kidnapper and gun-runner who has been supplying arms and ammunition to criminal elements in Kaduna, Kano, Taraba and Plateau States.
During their arrest, the following items were recovered from the duo:
i. A Blue Volkswagen Vento car with Reg. No. MGU 106 EA,
ii. One (1) Pistol,
iii. Four (4) AK-47 Magazines,
iv. Five (5) FN rifle,
v. Nine Hundred and Eighty-Nine (989) rounds of Ammunition,
vi. One (1) round of 9mm Ammunition,
vii. One (1) Beretta magazine, and
viii. The sum of Four Hundred and Fifty-Seven Thousand One Hundred and Forty Naira (N457, 140).
Similarly, 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 gunrunner, 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 following items were recovered from him during his arrest; Opel Vectra V6 car with Reg. No. 899-MKA (grey colour), Thirty-one 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 Phillips, Sample Reuben, Prosper Ebitari and Charles Krobo James.
This gang was responsible for the kidnap of five German expatriates of Bayelsa Coastline in Brass LGA, was also intercepted while plotting to perpetrate series of kidnap operations in the Federal Capital Territory-Abuja.
In Kogi State, the Service arrested Jonathan Lukas and his accomplice, Nafiu Usman at Ajipome, Dekina LGA, on July 24, 2017, for their involvement in the series of kidnapping incidents in the State.
In furtherance of its counter-terrorism and insurgency fight against the extremists, the Service conducted a tactical operation against fleeing Boko Haram fighters on July 1, 2017, at Sakwai in Kachia LGA of the Kaduna State.
During the operation, one Usman Musa, a high profile Boko Haram cell leader, was apprehended alongside 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.
In Taraba State, the Service intercepted one Usman Halaji aka Abubakar Mubi, on July 5, 2017, at Bali town, where he was hibernating after fleeing Sambisa Forest following military bombardment of the area.
He was discovered to be advancing the doctrines of the terrorist group as well as recruiting vulnerable minds to join its ranks.
On July 13, 2017, another cell amir (leader), one Yusuf Isah was arrested at Sabuwar Yelwa area of Dala LGA in Kano State.
It was a sequel to this that a member of the cell, one Yakubu Usman (Alh.) who had also fled from Sambisa forest following military operations in the North East was arrested, on July 28, 2017, by the Service.
Furthermore, on August 3, 2017, two suspected Boko Haram fighters namely Buba Gebi aka Dogo Dan Cameroon and Manu Isah, were apprehended by the Service at Tamburawa, Dawakin Kudu, Kano State, on August 3, 2017.
The duo 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 youth in the State for the extremist group.
On August 10, 2017, at Kwatte Village, Rigasa District, Igabi LGA in Kaduna State, the Service, in conjunction with the Military, raided the hideout of a notorious armed robbery and kidnap gang led by one Salisu Lawan.
During the operation, the criminals engaged operatives in a shoot-out, which resulted in the death of one Shehu Lawal (a gang member) while Lawan the ringleader and two other members of the gang, namely Mohammed Tukur (27 years) and Usman Mohammed (35 years) were arrested.
In a bid to contain the boundary crisis between Ikot Offiong Community in Odukpani LGA of Cross State and Okuiboku in Itu LGA of Akwa Ibom State, the Service carried out a detailed investigation and found that a militant group led by one Don Marine aka The Don based in Odukpani is a key provocateur in the crisis.
Consequently, on August 10, 2014, the Service, in liaison with the Nigerian Army, raided the militants’ enclave located along Ikonoto Road, Ikonoto clan of Odukpani.
During the operation, one Blanko was shot dead while three others were arrested and two escaped with gunshot injuries.
Similarly, one dane gun and an American pump action gun were recovered from the hideout.
The Service, in the statement by Tony Opuiyo acknowledged the efforts of the general public in providing critical and actionable intelligence, which have continued to enhance its operations and those of other relevant security agencies in degrading and containing the activities of criminal elements and groups across the Federation.
The statements adds that the cooperation continues.
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