Fear Spreads As The Department Of State Security Confirms Presence Of Boko Haram Cells In Southwest And South East States With Others In Plateau And Gombe States Despite Arrest Of 21 Leaders
The Department of State Security (DSS) has confirmed the spread of Boko Haram bombing cells to Lagos State in the South West and Enugu State in the South East. It also announced their established presence in Plateau and Gombe states.
DSS Acting Spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, who disclosed this yesterday, also named 21 Boko haram leaders recently arrested following a re-strategised effort by the service stated that “The sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos State points to the determination of the sect to extend its nefarious terrorist activities to the state and in fact, other parts of the country”.
Opuiyo, in a press statement, said the leaders were arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between July 8 and August 25, 2015. He also said that intense military action on the group in the North East region, was responsible for its spread into SouthWest and South East.
“In line with the Department of State Services’ (DSS) re-strategised counter-terrorism measures to combat the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the service has continued to make significant breakthroughs in this direction.
“This followed the rounding-up of notable commanders and frontline members of the notorious group from different parts of the country. It should be noted that the group’s new pattern of movement and spread is necessitated by the pressure being put on them in their core areas of strength in the north east.
“Consequently, a number of them have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between 8th July and 25th August, 2015. Of particular note was the arrest on 8th July, 2015 in Gombe State of those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos”, the DSS said in the statement.
DSS also disclosed identities of some Boko Haram leaders arrested. They include: “Usman Shuaibu (a. k. a. Money)” who the service said “revealed that he coordinated the attacks under reference with the sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000.00), which was provided by his Amir, one Isa Ali”.
DSS said “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 has 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 sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks. He disclosed that four out of the nine of them were used as suicide bombers in executing all the (Suicide) attacks”, the DSS further stated.
The service also listed “Ahmed Mohammed (aka ABubakar)”, who is said to be “an IED expert, confessed to the preparation of the IEDs used for the mentioned attacks. He also averred that he (Abubakar) was the one who strapped the suicide bombers, notably Sule and his wives, with IED vests, which they used in the attacks in Jos”.
Other named are “Adamu Abdullahi (aka Babpa). Suspect confessed that Usman Shuaibu motivated him to work closely with Ahmed Mohammed (aka Abubakar) in the preparation of the IEDs used in the attacks under reference”. “Ibrahim Isa, confessed that he was the one who carried out reconnaissance on the targets in Jos ahead of the attacks”.
“Muttaqa Yusuf (aka Mohammed Sani/Mudtaka): disclosed that one Aliyu, believed to be Aliyu Gombe, in Sambisa forest, was the one that ordered the serial attacks which the syndicate carried out. He further confessed that he assisted Usman Shuaibu in planning and executing the said attacks”, DSS stated.
Also listed are “Bakura Modu was arrested on 20th July, 2015, at Kara, Isheri Berger, Ikeja LGA, Lagos State”. “Mustapha Alli Jamneri was arrested on 24th July, 2015, at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Alimosho LGA, Lagos State.
“Abuyi Sherriff was arrested on 7th August, 2015, at Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland LGA, Lagos State. “Babagana Ali and Babagana Koloye were arrested on the same day (7th August, 2015), at Eric Moore, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere LGA, Lagos State.
“Abba Modu Sagma was arrested on 9th August, 2015, at Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State. “Grema Abubakar and Tijani Bagudu were arrested on 10th August, 2015, at Amukoko, Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Lagos State. “Baba Alhaji and Abass Ibrahim were arrested earlier on the same day (10th August, 2015), at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Ojo LGA, Lagos State. “Ibrahim Audu was arrested on 19th August 2015, at New Artisan Market, Enugu, Enugu State.
“Ibrahim Haruna, a 30-year old suspect from Kanawa village, Sumaila LGA, Kano State was arrested on 21st August, 2015, at Kwomi village, Kwami Local Government Area (LGA), Gombe State. “Mal Ali Mohammodu, the 33 year old suspect was arrested on 22nd August 2015, at Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Fagga LGA in Kano State. “Adam Wakil Abdul Jilbe was arrested on 23rd August 2015, at Obanikoro Area, Mushin LGA, Lagos State; and “Mohammed Usman was arrested on 25th August, 2015, at Atuashe Estate, Gbagada, Kosofe LGA, Lagos State”, DSS stated.
Commenting further, the Service said: “Nigerians and indeed the general public have to note that the arrest of Usman Shuaibu, aka Money, and the core members of his cell, stemmed the spate of bombings by the extremist sect. It would be recalled that Money and his group were arrested on their way to Bauchi State where they had planned to execute another heart-rending bomb attack and this was frustrated by the arrest”.
Noting that the service will not rest on its oars with the arrests, Opuiya said “the arrest of these confessed terrorist elements has however helped in no small measure to avert devastating attacks in the area” adding that “the Service is making efforts to conclude its investigations and commence prosecution of the suspects”.
“Drawing from the above, the DSS reiterates its avowed determination to work with other stakeholders in the fight against terror and other forms of criminality in our country. Citizens and residents are therefore called upon to rise to the occasion by volunteering useful information to the Service and relevant security agencies”, the DSS stated.
It would be recalled that the DSS, announced the arrest of a 14 years old boy, who was mounted by the Boko Haram to spy on Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, prior to a planned bomb attack. Opuiyo, had also given me the name of the boy as Sulaiymon Abudraman, a.k.a Sunday Ajayi. He was said to hail from Kogi State.
According to the service ,the boy confessed to have been directed by the sect to spy on the installation and pass to them information in respect of travelers’ movement including passenger screening, boarding procedures and other processes in the departure and arrival halls. “We wishes to inform the general public that on 24th August, 2015, the Service in liaison with Aviation Security of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, disrupted a spying network mounted by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“In the process, a 14 year old Sulaiymon Abdulraman (a.k.a Sunday Ajayi), of Kogi State was apprehended. Abdulraman has disclosed among others that he infiltrated the airport with the assistance of one Dauda Sadiq A (a.k.a Peter) who is presently at large.
“Abdulraman further revealed that Dauda Sadiq directed him to spy on the installation and pass to him information in respect of travelers’ movement including passenger screening, boarding procedures and other processes in the departure and arrival halls.
“With this knowledge, the Service is working closely with major aviation stakeholders, especially the Aviation Security Department, to forestall any possible attack and to ensure adequate security at the airports”, the service had said.
-Faith Aghaeze, Abuja