Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the mastermind of the Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) assault which came about on December 29, 2022, close to the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, Kogi State all over the consult with of the president to fee some tasks.

The suspects arrested are Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru (aka Abu Mikdad) and one of his friends, Saidu Suleiman

DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya stated the suspects have been arrested on January 3, 2023 and Otaru sustained a gunshot damage on his left foot whilst making an attempt to flee.

He stated: “During investigations, it used to be ascertained that Otaru used to be a top commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and both coordinated or used to be concerned within the following dastardly operations: the twenty fourth June, 2022 assault on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State. A police inspector, Idris Musawas killed and two AK-47 rifles carted away in that assault;

“The 5th July, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and the 5th August, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three Indian expatriates were kidnapped. It would be recalled that five persons including one Indian, two Policemen and two drivers of the company were also killed in the attack. The kidnapped expatriates were released on 31st August, 2022.”

The DSS mentioned that “Otaru operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State. Similarly, he and his gang had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States.”

The DSS stated the suspects are in custody and will likely be prosecuted accordingly.

The Service reiterates its dedication to the protection of the country and confident Nigerians that it’s operating assiduously with stakeholders together with sister safety companies to take on the risk of terrorism and different kinds of criminal activity and threats to nationwide safety.

Author: Leadership

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