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March 6, 2016 ( Post 1 )

The Department of State Services has made a tremendous leap in the fight against insurgency as it arrested a key member of Boko Haram who is a gun fabricator.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested one Garba Abubakar the agency claims is a gun fabricator for Boko Haram. Abubakar was arrested in Jos, Plateau State, during a special tactical operation by the Service.

The arrest was made public by the department’s spokesman Tony Opuiyo, who revealed that the arrest was in line with the Service’s statutory mandate, and avowed commitment to national security.

Speaking further, Opuiyo described Abubakar as “a major gun fabricator, arms-runner and a covert linkman/courier for the Boko Haram group.” He was arrested on March 2, 2016. According to the DSS spokesman, Abubakar was arrested with two pistols, 80 rounds of live ammunition and several sensitive documents were recovered from him.

Opuiyo revealed that the suspect had approached a foreign mission in Nigeria for logistics and financial support to fight the Boko Haram.

The statement said, “However, unknown to the mission, he is actually an unauthorized gun-maker/runner with intent for mischief and communal strife in the North- Central region.”

He added that in furtherance of exploited leads, the Service apprehended other suspected associates of the gun-runner.

Those listed were Umar Khalil Muhammed and Mohammed Yakubu Tahir, aka Mallam Yaro, who he said were also apprehended March 2.

Opuiyo said that Muhammed was arrested at Layin Oscar in Jos South LGA, while Tahir was apprehended up at Mista Ali area, along Jos-Zaria road in Bassa LGA.

Opuiyo said, “The duo are accomplices and active marketers of Abubakar and his products to criminal elements in the North-Central region of the Country.”

He further revealed that the Service also arrested one Armaya’u Yakubu a.k.a Ali Tekwando, Yakubu Sule and Usman Ibrahim on 3rd March, 2016, at Hayin Danmani area in Kaduna metropolis.

He alleged that the three men were members of an extremist cell under the coordination of Yakubu, with affiliation to the proscribed extremist group, ANSARU.

He said the three suspects were planning on traveling to Sudan for terrorist training with other radical elements of the group. He urged Nigerians to continue helping the agency tackle insurgency and sustain peace, law and order.


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