Army Captain Leads Five Dss Officials To Steal N310m From A Bureau De Change Operator In Abuja As Troops Rout Sambisa Forest
The desperation among some operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) has led to the arrest of two officials of the security organ following an armed robbery alarm in which five members of the organisation were involved.
The five DSS operatives were publicly declared armed robbers by the organisation which said they were found to have been involved in an armed robbery operation where they robbed a Bureau De Change operator of N310 million.
A statement from the DSS yesterday, signed by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, disclosed that three of the DSS operatives-turned-armed robbers are still at large.
The statement also disclosed that a serving Captain with the Nigerian Army, was also involved in the robbery operation. DSS gave the name of the Army officer as Captain Hussein Ishaku Mshelia.
DSS said the Army captain is already in custody of Military authorities, adding that he led the DSS officials on the robbery operation.
DSS released identities of the officials as Abdulrasheed Ahmadu Maigari, Solomon Inusa, Peter Okoye, Patrick Ishaya and George Mwatapwa Ibbi.
According to the statement, the arrested two are already helping with investigations and providing leads that could enable the arrest of their fleeing accomplices.
The statement reads: “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the general public that the Service has arrested two out of five of its Staff involved in the robbery and sharing, on 20th November, 2015, of the sum of three hundred and ten million naira (N310m) belonging to a Bureau De Change operator in Abuja. While three of the DSS staff are now at large, the Military authorities have commenced a detailed investigation of five of its personnel involved in the crime.
“Preliminary investigations have revealed that Abdulrasheed Ahmadu Maigari of the DSS, conspired with four other colleagues of his namely: Solomon Inusa, Peter Okoye, Patrick Ishaya and George Mwatapwa Ibbi, to carry out this reprehensible act.
“The five military personnel were led by one Capt. Hussein Ishaku Mshelia. Meanwhile, the Service has arrested Maigari and Ibbi; and Mshelia equally arrested by the Army authorities. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend those still at large.
“A total of Sixty-Six Million Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-five Naira (N66,437,445.00) and Six Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($6,200) have so far been recovered, while efforts are being made to recover the remaining amounts.
“It is to be noted that security agencies now act in concert, thus the joint investigation undertaken with the Police, Army and the DSS.
“This action of the Service is in line with the posture of the current administration and DSS management focus on professionalism, transparency and accountability. Those so far arrested have been suspended pending the completion of investigations.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Service wants to reiterate its commitment to the basic ideals and principles as established by its forebears and will not spare anyone found to be contravening the rules and regulations or the laws of the land.
“We therefore encourage members of the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those at large to volunteer same to the Service or other security agency.
“The DSS also wishes to use this opportunity to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety and urge them to partner with the Service in the smooth discharge of its responsibilities”, the statement further read.
Meanwhile, the military high command has announced a deeper penetration of Sambisa forest in military advance aimed to rout terrorist sect, Boko Haram before the December 31 deadline issued by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement yesterday by Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said “Nigerian Army has commenced strikes deep inside Sambisa forest which is believed to be the remaining strong point of the Boko Haram terrorists”.
According to him, “various units of the Army have advanced deep into the forest clearing most of the camps therein, rescuing persons held captive, arresting some terrorists and destroying most of their weapons and equipment.
“Advancing troops of the Nigerian Army, supported by the Nigerian Air Force were able to clear and destroy Boko Haram terrorists camps at Shuari, Adembe, Yerimari Kura, Yerimari Gana, Gonin Kurmi, Kore, Mainya Kore, and Lopere. Additionally, the Multi-barrel Rocket Launcher Regiment has destroyed the terrorists’ camps at Dure, Dure Kore, Jokwa, as well as several other camps”.
Col. Usman listed items recovered by troops during the exercise to include foodstuffs, motorcycles, flags, Improvised Explosive Making Devices (IED) materials and military uniforms.
“Among other discoveries were the terrorists tunnels, weapons and equipment. The soldiers also recovered 2,000 cows rustled from various persons over time and rescued women and children held captives by the Boko Haram. While the animals have been moved to Kanwuri, the rescued persons have been evacuated and are being given all the necessary support and assistance.
“During the encounter with the terrorists at Yerimari Gana a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and some suspected terrorists were arrested who are being interrogated. However, a soldier sustained gunshot wound and fracture on the leg.
“Similarly, while advancing to destroy Nefari terrorists camp, troops discovered and cleared three IEDs laid along the route. The camp was successfully cleared and troops have continued their advance while a blocking force has been deployed to prevent infiltration and possible escape by the terrorists.
“Unfortunately during another encounter with the terrorists along the axis of advance, three soldiers made the supreme sacrifice, while an officer and two soldiers were wounded in action.
“It is instructive to note that troops morale is very high and being conscious of their set objective, they are unrelenting in their determination to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists”, Col. Usman added.
The army spokesman also said that “troops have also destroyed Boko Haram terrorists’ camps Bulagaije and Disa, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State and recovered motorcycles, Dane guns and ammunitions”.
– Faith Aghaeze, Abuja