The Department of State Services (DSS) on Saturday said suspected terrorists planned to conduct shootings and suicide bombings on selected six states and the Federal Capital Territory during the just concluded Eid- Kabir celebration.
The security service said the plan was spearheaded by Islamic State of West Africa terrorists.
Spokesperson for the DSS, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, who made the revelation in a statement said the targeted states were Federal Capital Territory, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States.
Opuiyo named Husseini Mai-Tangaran, who was described as a well known senior ISWA commander, as the mastermind of the plan.
He added that the DSS and Army have been on his tail since 2012, when he led armed attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone I and other places in Kano.
He was also said to be responsible for the deadly explosive attacks against worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque as well as an attack on a military formation in Yobe State in 2015, which claimed many of lives.
Opuiyo said that the suspect was arrested in Kano on August 31.
He added that one Abdulkadir Mohammed was also arrested on September 2, at Kantin Kwari Market, Fagge, Kano.
Opuiyo said, “Mohammed was a fighter of the sect who left the conclave of the group in the Sambisa forest, to join ranks with Ismaila towards carrying out the attacks being planned by the group.
“Also, another accomplice in the plot, one Muhammad Ali was arrested on September 3, at Sheka area in Kumbotso area of the state.
“Prior to his arrest, Ali was the financial courier of the group in Kano. He was one of the conduits through which funds and other material logistics were channeled to the group from foreign extremist elements/sponsors.
“Like Abdulkadir Mohammed, Ali was involved in the plot to perpetrate the planned attacks in Kano and other states in the North during the just concluded Eid-Kabir celebration.”