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DSS warns of B’Haram attacks in southern cities


DSS• Apprehends nine terrorists in Lagos
• Arrests suicide bombing coordinators
• Insurgents kill 56 in Borno council

CRUEL disregard for human life is yet to abate in the North east as a gang of suspected Boko Haram gunmen in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles laden with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) attacked Badu village in Nganzai Local Council of Borno State, killing 56 people at the weekend.

The sad news broke as the Department of State Services (DSS) alerted Nigerians to plans by Boko Haram to attack some cities in the southern part of the country.

Also yesterday, the DSS disclosed that it has arrested masterminds of attacks carried out by suicide bombers in four major cities in Northern Nigeria, noting that nine other suspects were arrested in Lagos State alone. The arrests, according to a statement issued yesterday by the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, were made between July 8 and August 25, 2015.”

He said with the pressure being put on the Boko Haram strongholds in the northeast, the insurgents have adopted a new pattern of movement and are now spreading to other parts of the country. According to him, “the suspects were arrested in “Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe states.”

A July 5, 2015 attacks on a mosque and restaurant in the central city of Jos left 44 people dead, just as a suicide bomb attack on a church in Potiskum killed five other people.

The following day, a young girl believed to be 13 years old was killed when explosives strapped to her body detonated near a major mosque in Kano city. In Zaria, some 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Kaduna city, near the border with Katsina and Kano states, a bomb blast occurred on July 7 as primary school teachers and public sector workers were queuing for identity checks at the local government secretariat, killing at least 25 people, with many others injured.

Opuiyo said those arrested in Gombe have confessed to being the coordinators of the suicide attacks. Led by Usman Shuaibu (a.k.a Money), who allegedly said he was given half a million naira by one of the commanders, who has direct link to their leader, to coordinate the attacks started by nine of them sent out on the mission from their headquarters in Sambisa Forest, out of which four people were used as suicide bombers.

The DSS’ statement reads in part: “Shuaibu revealed that he coordinated the attacks under reference with the sum of N500,000.00, which was provided by his Amir, one Isa Ali. He claimed that the said 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. Also, he revealed that he had participated in several Boko Haram attacks, including the attacks at Gwoza Divisional Police Station in 2014.

“Shuaibu admitted being the leader of the team of nine (9) sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks. He disclosed that four out of the nine were used as suicide bombers in executing all the attacks.”

His other colleague, Ahmed Mohammed (a.k.a Abubakar), a suspected expert in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), allegedly confessed to being responsible for preparing the suicide bombers with the IED vests. “He also averred that he (Abubakar) was the one who strapped the suicide bombers, notably Sule and his wives whom they used in the attack in Jos”.

Abubakar was assisted in strapping the bombers by Adamu Abdullahi (a.k.a Babpa), while Ibrahim Isa was said to have confessed to carrying out reconnaissance on targets in Jos, Plateau State before the Sunday attack.
Boko Haram plans strikes on Lagos, others

Meanwhile, residents of Lagos State are to be more vigilant as the terrorists, in the course of running away from the military onslaught going on in their enclaves in the northeast, are looking for safer havens to carry out their nefarious activities.

The DSS spokesman said this warning became imperative with the arrest of nine people who are suspected to be Boko Haram members. The agency also warned that residents of other states should be watchful as other suspects have been arrested in Enugu, Kano and Gombe states.
Fresh killings in Borno

The insurgents, who killed 56 people in Borno village, Badu, also torched many houses and huts, before fleeing into their hideouts. Badu is a farming and herding community, located 68 kilometres north of Maiduguri, the state capital.

The weekend’s multiple attacks and killings were disclosed on Saturday in Maiduguri while Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State was addressing parents and guardians of the 219 abducted Chibok schoolgirls on Federal Government’s “responsibilities and commitments” to their unconditional release from over a year in captivity.”

Shettima lamented that the Boko Haram insurgency has brought a lot of “calamities with massive destruction of lives and property” to the state in the last five years.

His words: “As President Muhammadu Buhari directed me to address you on the abduction of your daughters in April last year by Boko Haram, the security agencies hurriedly briefed me on another insurgents’ attacks at Badu village, where 56 innocent people were killed, and their houses burnt as their food stuff and livestock were evacuated. This is madness, and the calamities perpetrated by these mad boys are not restricted to abduction of these Chibok schoolgirls. The President asked me to condole with each and every one of you here today (Saturday) to exercise more patience.

“The issue of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East sub-region of this country is not based on either religion or ethnicity. It is total madness of massive killings and destruction of innocent lives, without any genuine cause.

“I have raised an emergency committee to hurriedly travel to the village tomorrow (Sunday) to provide relief assistance so that the survived ones do not perish along with the dead bodies in Badu village of Nganzai Council.”

The Borno Police Command also yesterday said that military operations in the northern part of the state was ongoing, as most of the towns and villages on the shores of Lake Chad, are under the areas of responsibility of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), comprising Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.

“One of the villages in Borno north, was attacked by the insurgents, while fleeing the Lake Basin Areas at the weekend,” said a military source in Maiduguri.

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  • mike

    Please let them Bomb SE ..This is much awaited event..we anticipate for this so long, but it hasnt come..when shall it be?

    • Gumel

      Don’t wish or call for evil for yourself or anyone rather pray for safety peace n security and prosperity for our Country as no one wishes evil to befall on anybody the NE have seen what they have seen now want peace n no more.

    • Prince T

      when they bomb SE, pray that it will be your relatives. since you are already anticipating it.

  • Concerned Nigerian

    they should try and we will burn them and their sponsors. southerners beware. they have destroyed their place and realised that no sane human being will invest there again so they want to put the south in equal footing with them.

    • Amid sanni

      Buhari is behind it but we will definitely help him fufil his dream of disintegration, by the way he has already started with his lopsided appointments so we are getting close to dissolve this forced marriage.

  • forestgee

    It will be SAD that when Buhari became President that BH is spreading to the entire Country. That means the 5% Rehabilitation Fund suggested for North East will be extended to other parts of Nigeria if BH succeed in attacking other regions outside the North.

    • Amid sanni

      Because their leader and party is in power , so he is now exporting his boko haram subjects to the South as he invited his ISSI friend from Lebanon for celebration of election victory . But you know what, we have long awaited for them to start . Biafra here we come , on a blater of gold .

  • Joseph

    It may sound like a joke but invasion of these evil people should be resisted by all means.The security agencies should be more proactive

  • Fuzio

    That will be the last straw. They never attacked the South throughout Jonathan’s administration. If they succeed now, then the only conclusion would be that Buhari’s election has emboldened them.

    • Prince T

      that might be the change that we were promised. pmb must make sure that it does not happen.

  • aoxb62

    Wow…totally speechless at mass murder on an industrial scale.

    Swift justice. Take these leaders and prosecute them.

    Execute them the way CHAD has done.

    Excellent work of SSS.

  • otunne steve gofrey

    Bomb is not friend to any. we should all be awake to our safety. Distribution of Boko Harram has started.
    We should not allow group of islamists to desecrate our peace and spill our blood. We have bled for too long in this enclave.