The Department of State Service (DSS) said it had arrested two suspected technocrats working with boko Haram including an expert in Improvised Explosive Device, (IED) while positioning to penetrate the Nigerian Army through on-going recruitment exercise.
The DSS, in a statement by one Tony Opuiyo, said the arrest followed the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano State.
Opuiyo said “the service, in concert with the military, carried out co-ordinated operations in the state which led to the apprehension of two high profile members of the sect, namely; Ibrahim Ustaz Abubakar and Idris Audu (aka AYA).
“Audu is an IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country and he had already perfected plans to seek for recruitment into the next scheme of the Nigerian Army, before his arrest.”
Also, the service, on August 22, arrested one Samuel Asuquo, a kidnap kingpin, who was the mastermind of the kidnap of three Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which his gang received ransom of N150 million at Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River State.
Similarly, on August, 30, 2016, the trio of Bamaiyi Mustapha (aka Dan Borno), Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu, members of a notorious kidnap gang operating around the Abuja-Kaduna axis, were arrested at Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The gang had earlier kidnapped five Igbo women and collected the sum of N13 million in ransom. They were subsequently arrested by the service while planning a high profile kidnap in Abuja.
In another operation carried out same day at Tamburawa village along Kano-Zaria Expressway, Kano State, Alhassan Musa and Ado Yusuf, members of a notorious kidnap/armed robbery syndicate operating from Falgore forest in Doguwa LGA, Kano State, were also apprehended.