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DSS Arrests ISIS Commanders In Abuja

The Department of State Services said two commanders of the Islamic State in West Africa had been arrested in Kukuntu village, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

The spokesperson for the agency, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Opuiyo said the suspects were arrested on May 5, after operatives of the agency carried out what he described as special operations on the identified targets.

He said, “Determined to continuously thwart the budding cells of the Islamic State in West Africa and Boko Haram, the service conducted special operations on identified targets.


“This led to the successful arrest of Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo, commanders of the group on May 5, 2018, at Kukuntu village, Gwagwalada Area Council, FCT, Abuja.

“Relatedly, the service had on April 28, 2018, at Muda Lawal Market, Bauchi, Bauchi State, arrested another member of the ISWA, Umar Dogo.

“The suspects were discovered to have concluded plans to not only perpetuate the ideals of the movement in the area, but to, in collaboration with Boko Haram, carry out heinous violent attacks on innocent persons.”

He added that following intelligence reports, Adamu Hassan (aka Bale) and Abubakr Abubakar (aka Alhaji /Buba), who he described as experts in the assembling of Improvised Explosive Devices, were also arrested.

Opuiyo said two members of the dreaded Basalube kidnap group were arrested on June 17 at Karu village in Abuja.

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