Department of State Services (DSS) has foiled a plot by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-linked Boko Haram militants to attack British, American embassies and other western interests in Abuja.
Five suspected members of the group based in Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been arrested in connection with the plot.
The proactive measure of the DSS has prevented the loss of lives, property and the mockery of the nation’s security system before the international community.
It has also saved the nation from a tragedy that would have discouraged the inflow of foreign investments.
A statement yesterday by Tony Opuiyo for the DSS said between March 25 and 26, 2017, the secret police smashed the plan orchestrated by Isa Jibril, Jibril Jibril, Abu Omale Jibril, Halidu Sule and Amhodu Salifu.
He noted that on March 22, at Fika, Yobe State, a 20-year old Boko Haram member, Adamu Datti, was also arrested and confessed to the sinister activities of the group.
Opuiyo continued: “On April 4, two suspected Ansaru kingpins, Ahmed Momoh and Al-amin Mohammed Jamin, who were confirmed associates of Abu Uwais, a main Ansaru kingpin terrorising residents in Kogi and Edo states, were arrested at Igarra in Akoko Edo Local Council of Edo State. While these terrorists are already undergoing detailed investigations, the service stepped up its efforts at stamping out the menace of kidnapping.
“In Rivers State for instance, Daniel Dibiamaka was arrested on March 24 at Obio/Akpor Local Council for his complicity in the kidnap of one Emmanuel Orji Ukah on January 20. On that same day, Godsgift Isioma was arrested over his plan to kidnap one Dr. G.N Douglas.”
He noted that on March 23, at Bangaji, Gboko, Benue State, operatives of the DSS arrested Daniel Lorve, a member of the Terwase Akwaaza (aka Gana)-led notorious kidnapping and terrorist group.
“Further investigation in this regard prompted a joint military/police/service operation which resulted in the raid on a farm suspected to have housed the armoury of Akwaaza known for terrorising Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum council areas of the state. Sophisticated arms and ammunition were recovered from the scene notably one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK-47 rifles and one SMG rifle with large quantities of ammunition.
“In Kogi State, the service on March 29, arrested Abdulmojid Momoh and Ahmed Tijani Dodo at Adavi council area for their involvement in kidnapping. In a similar vein, the duo of Salau Yakubu Ontinwa (aka General) and Abdulmajeed Musa were arrested on March 30 at the same Adavi council area for similar kidnap crimes. Preliminary investigation showed that the suspects are key members of the dreaded gang terrorising innocent citizens and other travellers across the state,” he added.