Friday, July 1, 2016 10:18 pm
Ahead of next week’s Eid-el-Fitr celebrations, Nigeria secret police, the Department of State Service, DSS on Friday alerted the public of plans by those it referred to as “extremist element” to attack selected locations across the Federation, particularly parks and congregations of worshipers, in “order to further their cause.”
DSS said the information followed intelligence report available to it.
The Service therefore warned the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches and to report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies.
The Service also announced the arrests of leaders and members of kidnapping gangs in various parts of the country, members of Nigeria Delta Avengers, leaders of criminal gangs and an alleged member of South East secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, who according to the Service was plotting to attack certain areas in Lagos.
Tony Opuiyo, who announced this on behalf of DSS said the arrests resulted from tactical operations carried out by the Service to checkmate the spate of kidnapping incidents and other crimes across the country.
According to him, suspects now in the custody of the secret police include the gang that kidnapped two Nuns in Ondo State and one Ifeanyi Michael ONYIKE, which it said was involved in the kidnap of Ebere Chinda, wife to Igo CHINDA, the Personal Assistant (PA) to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.
He added that various grades of weapons were also recovered from the suspects.
While listing the suspects now in the DSS custody, Opuiyo said, “On 7th June, 2016, one Kabiru SHUAIBU, the ring-leader of a kidnap gang, comprising his accomplices namely: Haruna SALEH, Tukur SHUAIBU and Abdulmumuni ADAMUNA, were arrested by the Service along Murtala MUHAMMAD Bridge, along Lokoja-Abuja Highway, in Lokoja, Kogi State.
“The suspects were part of a criminal gang which has been terrorizing innocent citizens in the Northern region of the Federation. During their arrest, a locally-made pistol, seven (7) cartridges, fourteen (14) mobile phones and six hundred and fifteen thousand naira (N615,000) were recovered on them.
On 8th June, 2016, one Reuben AKINBEHINJE aka Chairman, the ring-leader of a notorious kidnap syndicate, was arrested by this Service in Akure, Ondo State, along with five (5) other members of his gang namely; John Imoleayo UCHE, Seun LAJUWON, Seun Iseoluwa AKINTAYO, Lateef Fayemi HAMMED and Saheed OYEWO.
“The AKINBEHINJE gang has been the brain behind the kidnap of two Catholic nuns in the State and other criminalities such as armed robbery, hijack and diversion of fuel tankers and cult-related activities in Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Lagos and Kwara States.
“Similarly, on 12th June, 2016, this Service arrested one Ifeanyi Michael ONYIKE, a suspected kidnap kingpin at D-line, Port Harcourt in Rivers State.
“ONYIKE was involved in the kidnap of Ebere CHINDA, wife to Igo CHINDA, the Personal Assistant (PA) to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi AMAECHI.
“Further to this tactical offensive, on 25h June, 2016, in one of the North-Western States, one Sani ABDULLAHI, and his three accomplices, namely Rufai Tukur ABDULLAHI, Najeeb ABUBAKAR and Abdullahi AHMED, were apprehended by this Service.
“The group has concluded arrangements to embark on serial kidnap of high-value targets in Katsina State, before their arrest. This gang has hitherto been terrorizing the North-Western States of Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara.
“In a bid to stem the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta, this Service effected the rrest of Selky Kile TORUGHEDI, on 17th June, 2016, in Calabar, Cross River State.
TORUGHEDI is an ex-militant and suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and was arrested for planning to assassinate one MB.YAHAYA, a serving military officer.
“TORUGHEDI, who is a close associate of Government EKPEMUPOLO (aka TOMPOLO), had already conducted surveillance at the residence of YAHAYA in Kaduna, preparatory to his plot when he was intercepted. He is also fingered as a sponsor of pipeline vandalism in some States in the South-South region. Suspect is currently assisting the Service, with critical leads.
“In a related operation, this Service arrested one Christian OLUBA aka SENSOR, another suspected militant with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). SENSOR was arrested while perfecting plans to carry out explosive attacks on critical oil and gas pipelines, including critical storage points.
“Meanwhile, sequel to increasing threat posed to public peace by the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), this Service arrested one Chidiebere ONWUDIWE, a graduate of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and known member of IPOB, on 22ndJune, 2016.
“ONWUDIWE and his associates within and outside the country were planning to carry out coordinated attacks against religious bodies/edifices, Police-Check Points and the computer village in Ikeja, Lagos State, with Improvised Explosive devices (IEDS). The suspect was apprehended while making logistics supplies for their nefarious plan.
“In another development, on 19th June, 2016, at Langtang North LGA in Plateau State, this Service in liaison with the military and Police, arrested one Nanpon SAMBS (aka Yabam), an illegal arms dealer. SAMBS is a member of a notorious black market arms syndicate led by one Peter NEHEMIA (aka Adagyo) which operates in the State.
“A Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launcher and circuit charger were recovered from a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to the suspect.
“Also, this Service wishes to alert the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches.
“The Service is availed of intelligence which indicates threat by extremist elements to attack selected locations across the Federation, particularly parks and congregations of worshipers, in order to further their cause.
“The Service wishes to state that it will continue to deploy every window within its constituted mandate to ensure the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens wherever they reside.
“We therefore call on the general public to be security-conscious and to report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies”.