DSS arrests Abuja-Kaduna kidnappers, terrorists

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The Department of State Service (DSS) said it has arrested members of the syndicate of kidnappers terrorizing the Abuja-Kaduna express way.

A statement on Monday by one Tony Opuiyo for the DSS, said in May 2017, the Service arrested Aminu Aliyu in Sokoto State over the Kidnap of Ifeanyi Amos (a Nigerian Army Captain) along the Jaji-Kaduna Highway.

He also said following ongoing operations by the Military in the North East, some Boko Haram elements in a bid to spread their network resettled in Kaduna and its environs.

He said the Service’s current operations in the Kaduna axis are targeted at thwarting the new terror cells before they become fully active and deadly.

He said for this reason, on 19th May, 2017, the Service arrested six suspected Boko Haram insurgents at various locations in Igabi and Kaduna North LGAs, Kaduna State.

He said those arrested have been identified as Abubakar Sadiq Muhammed, Muhammed Nazifi, Abubakar Usman, Yusufu Idris Usman, Usman Idris Usman, and Ismail Idris.

He added that at Unguwan Sanusi, Kaduna South LGA, Abubakar Mohammed, a Boko Haram suspect was also arrested.

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He further said the Service also arrested Yusuf Aliyu at Ungwar Danmani, Rigasa, Kaduna-North LGA, for his suspected membership of the syndicate terrorizing users of the Abuja-Kaduna Road.

He said, on 9th June, 2017, at Dankande village, Rigachiku, Igabi LGA, Kaduna State; the Service confronted a notorious kidnap gang.

He said though Isah Baki, leader of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, three of his members: Hassan Abdullahi, Abubakar Abdullahi and Suleiman Abdullahi were arrested.

He said on the same 9th June, 2017, along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Express Road in Kaduna, the Service engaged another dangerous kidnap group and arrested two of its members: Yusuf Sani and Yusuf Adamu, with two AK-47 rifles and nine live ammunitions recovered.

He explained that the Service in collaboration with the Military, on 11 May, 2017, at the Kano State stretch of the Falgore Forest, arrested five suspected Kidnappers/Cattle rustlers.

He said they include; Sani Hassan (aka Ashana); Suleiman Abdullahi (aka Dogo Sule); Bashiru AbdullahiI (aka Lamo); Amadu Abdullahi (aka Mallam); and Auwalu Sanda(aka Maitaru).

The DSS also said as part of counter terrorism operations, the Service in a joint operation with the Military on 9th June, 2017, arrested Abdulhamid Isiaka (aka SMALL) and Habib Audu, at Obajana and Ibilo in Kogi and Edo States respectively.

Opuiyo noted that Isiaka is a Libyan returnee, who had travelled to that country alongside Abu Uwais, a most wanted terrorist.

He explained that while in Libya, Isiaka had undergone terrorism training and also acquired a cache of weapons in preparation for attacks in Kogi and Kaduna States.

Isaika it was said became notorious and specialized in gun-running, kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorist acts.

The DSS said Isiaka has made useful statements to facilitate further investigations and actions against the terrorist and kidnap networks on the Abuja-Okene and the Kaduna-Abuja axis.

He also stated that, on 30th May, 2017, at Gwagwalada Town, Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, two suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Muhammed Babangida and Abdullahi Salihu, were arrested by the Service.

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