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    Friday, 30 December 2016

    How DSS stopped rampaging bombers, kidnappers over new year criminalities

    Operatives of the Department of State Security Service, (DSS) have stopped suspected bombers, kidnappers and other criminals from carrying out their atrocities during the new year celebrations.
    Tony OPUIYO, in a statement issued Friday in Abuja on behalf of the service said the tactical  operations was aimed at degrading the capabilities and hideouts of criminal gangs/syndicates across the federation.
    According to Opuiyo, one Abubakar MUSA, Ismail MUSA and Suleiman MAINASARA were arrested November 29, at Aduwawa in Benin city, Edo state in connection with alleged.
     The service said the trio was members of a kidnap gang that terrorized commuters and residents of communities along the major highways between Edo and Kogi states.
    November, 30, one Ibrahim ADAMU, Umar ABUBAKAR, Ibrahim SALISU and Abdullahi ABUBAKAR, were arrested at Ibilio village in Edo state.
    December 20, at Katsina-Ala town in Benue state, another gang of suspected kidnappers comprising one Ernest BENZE, Terkura TYOKISHIR alias MPOTO and Anun AONDONA, identified as members of the Terwase Akwaza kidnap syndicate were arrested for their complicity in kidnap incidents in the State.

    One Usman Sanusi MUSA aka KEKE, a notorious kidnap kingpin was intercepted by the service December 15, at Sabuwar-Kaura village in Doguwa local government area of Kano state.
    MUSA is a high-profile criminal who, in conjunction with other criminal associates of his gang has been terrorizing residents and communities in Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau States.
    In continuation of the fight against terrorism, on 30th November, 2016, three suspected Boko Haram fighters namely Samaila MUHAMMAD, Sanusi MUSA and Hudu MUHAMMAD were arrested at Dirbunde village of Takai LGA in Kano State.
    The trio have perfected plans to carry out series of coordinated attacks with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in selected States of the North-West zone in the month of November, 2016 to disrupt festive activities during the end of year and the new year of 2017.
    In a related development, operatives of this Service arrested Sani DIGARU, along with one Mohammed ALI, on 25th December, 2016, about 1315 hours, along Gombe-Dukku road, Gombe. DIGARU was, however, fatally shot when he attempted to escape from arrest.
    The arrest was sequel to earlier intelligence that he was in possession of cash worth two million Naira (N2m) meant for the coordination of a terrorist operation in Yobe and Bauchi States.
    In the past few weeks, a new criminal gang which specializes in robbing visiting foreign residents/customers of luxury hotels has been uncovered, in Abuja, FCT.

    For instance, on 5th December, 2016, the gang robbed an expatriate in a high brow hotel in Abuja and carted away his money and other valuables.
    However, acting on actionable intelligence and with the support and cooperation of sister agencies and the hotel management, the service arrested one Ikechukwu OBADLEGWU and Ikechukwu Joseph EKE.
    While OBADLEGWU carried out surveillance on potential targets for the group, EKE is the kingpin and mastermind of the whole operation. Following this operation, the Service has successfully recovered almost all the stolen items.
    Also, at Gwaron Dutse, Kano Municipal, Kano State, Auwalu Abdullahi YAKASAI, a notorious fraudster was apprehended for allegedly defrauding Jaiz and Unity Banks of N100 Million and N50 Million respectively.
    The Service also arrested one Bashir SHUAIBU, on 5th December, 2016 at Tsamiya village, Gezawa LGA of Kano State for obtaining money from unsuspecting victims through threat messages. He was arrested while in the process of defrauding another victim.
    On 28th December, 2016 about 0930 hours, at Ben Kalio Housing Estate, Damaturu, Moh’d Yusuf DAYA, a 10-year boy was kidnapped. The kidnappers subsequently demanded for a ransom of five million Naira (N5m) ransom.
    However, about 1920 hours same day, the Service rescued Muhd Yusuf DAYA, at Potiskum town, Potiskum LGA. Meanwhile, the victim’s mother Barakat DAYA and her friend, Rukaiya DANLADI, have been arrested for culpability in the incident.

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