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Terrorists plot bomb attacks on Sallah day •SSS calls for vigilance, arrests Niger Delta Avengers, kidnappers

Director General of SSS, Lawan Daura

The State Security Service (SSS) on Friday  warned members of the public to be alert during the sallah celebrations as terrorists are planning to wreak havoc on parks and worship centres across the country.

It specifically asked Nigerians to be “wary of suspicious packages and persons” during the celebrations.

It also announced that it had arrested two key members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) while plotting to kill an army officer and blow up more pipelines.

A statement signed by Tony Opuiyo, on behalf of the Service also announced a long list of arrests of kidnappers and other suspected criminals made across the country.

“This Service wishes to alert the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches. The Service is availed of intelligence which indicates threat by extremist elements to attack selected locations across the federation, particularly parks and congregations of worshippers, in order to further their cause,” the SSS warned without giving further details.

It, however, assured Nigerians that it would continue to provide adequate security for lives and properties of all law abiding citizens in accordance with its mandate.

According to the SSS, one of the arrested members of the NDA is one Christian Oluba, aka Sensor, who “was arrested while perfecting plans to carry out explosive attacks on critical oil and gas pipelines, including critical storage points.”

It added that “in a bid to stem the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta,” it arrested another suspected militant, one Selky Kile Torughedi, on 17 June, 2016, in Calabar, Cross River State.

“ Torughedi is an ex-militant and suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and was arrested for planning to assassinate one M.B. Yahaya, a serving military officer. Torughedi, who is a close associate of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), had already conducted surveillance at the residence of Yahaya in Kaduna, preparatory to his plot when he was intercepted. He is also fingered as a sponsor of pipeline vandalism in some states in the South-South region. Suspect is currently assisting the Service, with critical leads,” the statement disclosed.

The statement reads:

“The general public is aware that in recent days, some states of the Federation have witnessed spate of kidnapping incidents perpetrated by criminal elements in a bid to further their selfish pecuniary and/or criminal interests. In furtherance of security measures initiated to checkmate this trend, series of special tactical operations were carried out by this Service, where successful arrests of masterminds of these criminal gangs were made by the Service, while their hide-outs were decimated.

“On 7th June, 2016, one Kabiru Shuaibu, the ringleader of a kidnap gang, comprising his accomplices, namely Haruna Saleh, Tukur Shuaibu and Abdulmumuni Adamuna, were arrested by the Service along Murtala Muhammad Bridge, along Lokoja-Abuja highway, in Lokoja, Kogi State. The suspects were part of a criminal gang which has been terrorising innocent citizens in the northern region of the federation. During their arrest, a locally-made pistol, seven (7) cartridges, fourteen (14) mobile phones and six hundred and fifteen thousand naira (N615,000) were recovered on them.

“On 8th June, 2016, one Reuben Akinbehinje, aka chairman, the ringleader of a notorious kidnap syndicate, was arrested by this Service in Akure, Ondo State, along with five (5) other members of his gang, namely John Imoleayo Uche, Seun Lajuwon, Seun Iseoluwa Akintayo, Lateef Fayemi Hammed and Saheed Oyewo. The Akinbehinje gang has been the brain behind the kidnap of two Catholic nuns in the state and other criminalities such as armed robbery, hijack and diversion of fuel tankers and cult-related activities in Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Lagos and Kwara states.

“Similarly, on 12th June, 2016, this Service arrested one Ifeanyi Michael Onyike, a suspected kidnap kingpin at D-line, Port Harcourt in Rivers State. Onyike was involved in the kidnap of Ebere Chinda, wife to Igo Chinda, the Personal Assistant (PA) to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.

“Further to this tactical offensive, on 25h June, 2016, in one of the North-Western States, one Sani Abdullahi, and his three accomplices, namely Rufai Tukur Abdullahi, Najeeb Abubakar and Abdullahi Ahmed, were apprehended by this Service. The group has concluded arrangements to embark on serial kidnap of high-value targets in Katsina State, before their arrest. This gang has hitherto been terrorising the North-Western states of Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara.

“In a bid to stem the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta, this Service effected the arrest of Selky Kile Torughedi, on 17th June, 2016, in Calabar, Cross River State. Torughedi is an ex-militant and suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and was arrested for planning to assassinate one MB. Yahaya, a serving military officer. Torughedi, who is a close associate of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), had already conducted surveillance at the residence of Yahaya in Kaduna, preparatory to his plot when he was intercepted. He is also fingered as a sponsor of pipeline vandalism in some states in the South-South region. Suspect is currently assisting the Service, with critical leads.

“In a related operation, this Service arrested one Christian Oluba, aka Sensor, another suspected militant with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). Sensor was arrested while perfecting plans to carry out explosive attacks on critical oil and gas pipelines, including critical storage points.

“Meanwhile, sequel to increasing threat posed to public peace by the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), this Service arrested one Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a graduate of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and known member of IPOB, on 22nd June, 2016. Onwudiwe and his associates within and outside the country, were planning to carry out coordinated attacks against religious bodies/edifices, police check points and the computer village in Ikeja, Lagos State, with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS). The suspect was apprehended while making logistics supplies for their nefarious plan.

“In another development, on 19th June, 2016, at Langtang North LGA in Plateau State, this Service, in liaison with the military and police, arrested one Nanpon Sambs (aka Yabam), an illegal arms dealer. Sambs is a member of a notorious black market arms syndicate, led by one Peter Nehemia (aka Adagyo) which operates in the state. A Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launcher and circuit charger were recovered from a Toyota Highlander SUV belonging to the suspect.

“Also, this Service wishes to alert the general public to be wary of suspicious packages and persons, as celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr approaches. The Service is availed of intelligence which indicates threat by extremist elements to attack selected locations across the federation, particularly parks and congregations of worshippers, in order to further their cause.

“The Service wishes to state that it will continue to deploy every window within its constituted mandate to ensure the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens wherever they reside. We, therefore, call on the general public to be security-conscious and to report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies.”