DSS arrests four suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Lagos, nine others nationwide
The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday announced the arrest of four suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Oko Oba area of Lagos State.
A statement by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, said operatives also apprehended nine others in various coordinated operations across the country.
The suspects picked in Lagos were identified as Fanayi Bukar Hassan, Butame Hassan, Kologoni Bukar, and Amina Abubakar. They were suspected to have escaped to Lagos State to evade arrest in the ongoing military offensive in the North East.
The service also arrested a kingpin of the sect in Okene town, Adavi LGA, Kogi State.
Identified as Abdullahi Mohammed, he was said to be the leader of the Boko Haram sect in Okene responsible for the coordination of Boko Haram activities in Okene axis of Kogi State.
The agency also said two suspected Boko Haram terrorists were arrested at Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA, Taraba State on New Year day.
The suspects, Bale Kolomi Grema and Kolomi Adba-Aji were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in terrorist activities.
On January 7, one Muhammad Auwal was arrested at Andaza village, Kiyawa Council Area of Bauchi State in connection with terrorist activities. Auwal who was arrested with N300, 000, is believed to be a drug supplier to the sect in Sambisa Forest.
Also, two suspected insurgents, Ibrahim Mala and Abdallah Modu were arrested on January 6, at Amba and Gudi villages of Kokona Council Area of Nasarawa State. The suspects, indigenes of Maiduguri, Borno State, were believed regrouping in the state under different trade covers.
DSS said it had also arrested Elijah Awua, Joseph Ejaka and Hope Nathan at Kanshio, along Otukpo road, in Makurdi, Benue State for allegedly kidnapping a staff of Radio Benue Makurdi on December 2, 2016 in Makurdi.