Department of State Services ACTIVITIES *PRESS RELEASE*

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*       The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public
about its continued effort in ensuring that the activities of Boko Haram
insurgents, kidnappers and other criminal elements are drastically reduced
or decimated. To this effect, their capabilities are daily being
downgraded.*

*2.    Between 25th and 26th March, 2017, the Service busted a ring of ISIS
linked Boko Haram members based in Benue State and the FCT. The group had
perfected plans to attack the UK and American Embassies and other western
interests in Abuja. During the operation to thwart this plan, five (5) key
suspects, namely: Isa JIBRIL, Jibril JIBRIL, Abu Omale JIBRIL, Halidu SULE
and Amhodu SALIFU, were arrested.*

*3.    Earlier, on 22nd March, 2017, at Fika, Yobe State, a 20 year old
Boko Haram member, Adamu DATTI was arrested. He confessed his involvement
in executing the sinister activities of the group.*

*4.    In the month of April, two (2) suspected Ansaru kingpins, Ahmed
MOMOH and Al-amin Mohammed JAMIN were arrested on 4th April, 2017 at
Igarra, Akoko Edo LGA, Edo State. The duo were confirmed associates of Abu
UWAIS, a main Ansaru kingpin terrorizing residents in Kogi and Edo States*

*5.    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 24th March, 2017 at Obio/Akpor LGA, for his complicity in the
kidnap of one Emmanuel Orji UKAH on 20th January, 2017. On that same day,
Godsgift ISIOMA was arrested over his plan to kidnap one Dr. G.N DOUGLAS.*

*6.    Determined to decisively deal with the ugly menace of kidnapping and
increasing violence in Benue State, the Service, on 23rd March, 2017 at
Bangaji, Gboko, Benue State 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 terrorizing Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum LGAs of
the State. High caliber arms and ammunition were recovered from the scene
notably; one (1) General Purpose Machine Gun, three (3) AK-47 rifles and
one (1) SMG rifle, with large quantities of ammunition.*

*7.    In Kogi State, the Service, on 29th March, 2017 arrested Abdulmojid
MOMOH and Ahmed Tijani DODO at Adavi LGA for their involvement in kidnap
activities. In a similar vein, the duo of Salau YAKUBU Ontinwa (aka
General) and Abdulmajeed MUSA were arrested on 30th March, 2017 at the same
Adavi LGA for similar kidnap crimes. Preliminary investigation showed that
the trio are key members of the dreaded gang terrorizing innocent citizens
and other travelers across the State. Prior to these operations in the
State, a gun runner only identified as KAREEM was arrested on 27th March,
2017 for supplying weapons to criminals especially Abu UWAIS, the Ansaru
kingpin and notorious kidnapper.*

*8.    In furtherance of the Service’s efforts to check possession of
illegal arms, it arrested Chukwujioke IGBRU at Ikwo, Ebonyi State in a
joint military/DSS operation on 7th April, 2017. The suspect was alleged to
be one of the masterminds of the clashes between his Ojenakpa community and
neighbouring Isobo community in Obubra LGA of Cross River State. He was
arrested in possession of a G3 rifle.*

*9.    In Abia State, one Freeborn Chisom INNOCENT from Ikeduru, Imo State
was arrested at Nzaocha Street, Aba for engaging in subversive activities
against public servants. INNOCENT who is an ICT Expert used the social
media, especially blogs to launch negative campaigns against the persons
and offices of top government officials by telling lies against them and
making them appear weak and incapable of holding their posts. He also used
his platform to incite one ethnic group to violently attack another, thus
creating tension and social disharmony. *

*10.  It has also become instructive to let the public note that the
Service has uncovered a racketeering network involved in the issuance of
Certificates/Letters of indigeneship to persons from neighbouring African
countries. The Boko Haram terrorist group has become part of this network
and uses it to buoy its membership in Nigeria. A particular case was the
arrest on 10th April at Damaturu, Yobe State of JALO, a Jos resident
Guinean and Boko Haram suspect. It is also discovered that these
non-Nigerians use their new indigene status to seek priviledges including
admissions into the Country’s tertiary Institutions. *

*11. In order to check this ugly development, State and Local authorities
are advised to be more circumspect in the issuance of these
Certificates/Letters of indigeneship. While they are enjoined to always
liaise with the appropriate Government organs, especially the Immigration
Service to checkmate this trend, the Service is continuing with its
investigations to fish out other members of this criminal network. The
public is also encouraged to report any suspicion in this direction.  *

*12.  The Service is equally aware of the efforts being made by some
individuals to create a deep sense of insecurity in some parts of the
country simply for their own selfish interest. To this end, The Service
wishes to reiterate its commitment to ensuring that peace prevails across
the country and warns that it will not hesitate to bring the full weight of
the law against defaulters, no matter how highly placed. The case of former
Governor of Benue State, Gabriel SUSWAM, is typical. The Service has
continued to hold him in line with the dictates of the law – more so that
he has not cooperated on the issues concerning the recovery of large cache
of arms at his facilities. While investigation is ongoing on this matter,
the Service has valid detention warrants to keep him. He will be charged
accordingly, once the investigations are concluded. *

*13. These successes have been achieved following the cooperation of
well-meaning Nigerians who have volunteered credible intelligence. While
such persons are commended and urged to do more for the good and safety of
everyone, it is also important to advise people who are desirous of
creating problems to desist from doing so. All law abiding citizens and
residents are encouraged to go about their normal businesses without fear
as the Service and the appropriate agencies of government will offer them
the needed protection at all times.  *

*Thank You.*

*Tony OPUIYO*

*Department of State Services*

*Abuja.*

*12th April, 2017*