The Department of Security Service has arrested 21 alleged commanders and front-line members of the Boko Haram terrorist group including the group’s suicide bomb attacks coordinator. A statement signed by Mr Tony Opuiyo, DSS spokesperson, states that the sect members were arrested in different parts of the country from July 8th to August 25th.
“They include those allegedly responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos who were arrested on July 8 in Gombe State. Usman Shuaibu a.k.a money, said to be the co-ordinator of the suicide attacks, Ahmed Mohammed also known as Abubakar, an Improvised Explosives Device (IED) expert, who is said to have prepared the IEDs for the attacks. Others are Adamu Abdullahi, Ibrahim Isa, who allegedly carried out reconnaissance on targets in the Jos attacks, and Mutaqqa Yusuf who is said to have assisted Usman Shuaibu in planning and executing the attacks. Shaibu and his group were intercepted on their way to Bauchi State, where they had planned to execute another bomb attack”.
12 other suspects are said to have been arrested in Lagos State, while three were apprehended in Enugu, Gombe and Kano States.