By Abdul Tukur
The Department of State Security Service, DSS, arrested senior commanders of Islamic State of West Africa, ISWA, otherwise known as Boko Haram, on Saturday.
Husseini Maitangaran who spearheaded several deadly attacks in Kano and Yobe, was arrested on 31st August, 2017.
Maitangaran, an IED expert spearheaded the armed attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone I, on 20th January, 2012, as well as other public places in Kano. He was also responsible for the deadly explosive attacks against worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque as well as an attack on a military formation in Yobe State in 2015, which claimed hundreds of lives.
His capture led to the arrest of Abdulkadir Umar Mohammed by the Nigerian secret police on 2nd September, 2017, at Kantin Kwari Market in Fagge LGA, Kano.
DSS officials described Mohammed as a fighter of the sect, who left the conclave of the group in the Sambisa forest to join ranks with ISMAILA, to conduct gun attacks and suicide bombing on selected targets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States during the Eid-Kabir Sallah festivities of 1st – 4th September, 2017.
“Also, another accomplice in the plot, one Muhammad Ali was arrested on 3rd September 2017, at Sheka area in Kumbotso LGA of the State.
“Prior to his arrest, Ali was the financial courier of the group in Kano. He was one of the conduits through which funds and other material logistics were channeled to the group from foreign extremist elements/sponsors.
“Like Abdulkadir Umar Mohammed, Ali was involved in the plot to perpetrate the planned attacks in Kano and other States in the North during the just concluded Eid-Kabir celebration,” SSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo said. in a statement seen by DENISAURUS News on September 9th.
The DSS led by Lawal Duara, who has been hailed by world figures such Barack Obama, the former President of America, was also able to apprehend one Yahaya Mohammed Abatcha and Yusuf Mohammed on the same day (September 3).
Abatcha and Mohammed, who were arrested along the Medical Road, close to Mobile Quarters in Tunga area of Minna city, Niger State are both fighters of the Habib Al-BARNAWI-led Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA).
“The duo are the leading elements of a cell of the extremist group and have been hibernating and furthering the doctrines of the group in the city. They were also to be responsible for operations in FCT Abuja, Kaduna and Niger States.”