The DSS warned that the attacks are
planned to take place in parks and places
where there are large congregations of
worshippers. It cautioned the general
public to be wary of suspicious packages
and persons during the Eid-el-Fitr
The Directorate of State Security (DSS) has
announced that it has received intelligence
indicating plots by extremists to attack
selected locations across the country. The
warning was contained in a press statement
issued by the service on Friday.
The DSS warned that the attacks are planned
to take place in parks and places where there
are large congregations of worshippers. It
cautioned the general public to be wary of
suspicious packages and persons during the
The statement, signed by Tony Opuiyo, also
announced the arrest of 14 suspected
kidnappers, two members of the Niger Delta
Avengers and other criminals across the
country. According to the DSS, Kabiru Shuaibu,
alleged the ring leader of kidnap gang running
wild in the Northern part of the country, was
arrested along with three accomplices on
Murtala Muhammed Bridge in Lokoja, Kogi
State. The names of the accomplices were
given as Haruna Saleh, Tukur Shuaibu and
Abdulmumuni Adamuna. The suspects were
caught with a locally-made pistol, seven
cartridges, 14 mobile phones and N615,000.
In Akure, capital of Ondo State, six members of
a kidnapping and robbery gang, suspected to
have kidnapped two Catholic nuns, were
arrested on 8 June. Members of the gang
are Reuben Akinbehinje, John Imoleayo Uche,
Seun Lajuwon, Seun Iseoluwa Akintayo, Lateef
Fayemi Hammed and Saheed Oyewo. The
gang, said the DSS, was also involved in fuel
tanker diversion and cult activities.
In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, DSS operatives,
on 12 June, arrested one Ifeanyi Michael
Onyike, who was allegedly involved in the
abduction of the wife of the Personal Assistant
to Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport.
The Northwestern zone of the country also
yielded a number of arrests of kidnappers
operating in Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara
States. On 25 June, the quartet of Sani
Abdullahi, Rufai Tukur Abdullahi, Najeeb
Abubakar and Abdullahi Ahmed were arrested.
The group was said to have been planning the
kidnap of high-value targets in Katsina State
at the time of the arrest.
On 19 June in the Langtang North Local
Government Area of Plateau State, the DSS,
with the assistance of the military and police,
nabbed one one Nanpon Sambs
(alias Yabam), a suspected member of an
illegal arms-dealing gang, led by one Peter
Nehemia (aka Adagyo). A Rocket Propelled
Grenade (RPG) launcher and circuit
charger were recovered from a Toyota
Highlander SUV belonging to the suspect.
In Calabar, Cross River State, the DSS said it
apprehend a suspected member of the Niger
Delta Avengers, Selky Kile Torughedi.
Torughedi was nabbed on 17 June for
allegedly planning to murder one MB. Yahaya,
a serving military officer. The suspect, said to
be a close associate of Government
Ekpemuopolo, the wanted Niger Delta militant,
was said to have already conducted
surveillance at Yahaya’s Kaduna residence
preparatory to murdering him.
Another suspected member of the Niger Delta
Avengers, Christian Oluba aka Sensor was
arrested while allegedly perfecting plans to
carry out explosive attacks on critical oil and
gas pipelines, including critical storage points.
Also arrested was one Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a
graduate of Mechanical and Chemical
Engineering and member of the Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB). Onwudiwe was
arrested on 22nd June and said to have been
planning, along with his associates in and
outside the country, coordinated attacks
against religious bodies, buildings, police
checkpoints and the computer village in Ikeja,
He was said to have been arrested while
making logistics supplies for the plot.