Boko Haram Kingpin Arrested In Ekiti State

A suspected Boko Haram kingpin, Adenoyi Abdulsalam, has been arrested by
a joint team of the Department of State Services and the military in
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

A statement issued by an operative of the
service in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said that an Ak-47 rifle
was recovered from the suspect who is presently undergoing
investigation.

Opuiyo added that the suspect
was in the final stages of kidnapping some high-level targets in Ekiti
to raise funds and terrorise communities in the state.

He said that the suspect was arrested by a joint Military and DSS operation team.

Opuiyo said that a Boko Haram suspect, Usman Rawa, 29, a.k.a Mr X, was also arrested in Lafia on March 17.

He said that Rawa rented an accommodation in Lafia for one Abdullahi Isa, who was known for his notorious terrorist activities.

“His
plan is to establish an effective base to conduct terrorism, kidnapping
and robbery operations in Abuja, Minna, and other adjoining States,” he
said.

He said that the service had also arrested a suspected
Boko Haram top commander, Nasiru Sani, a.k.a Osama, in Bauchi on March
15.

The operative said that Sani escaped from Bauchi Central Prison in October 2010 and hid in Maiduguri, Borno.

Opuiyo
said that in continuation of the service crack down on insurgents, it
arrested a suspect, Adamu Jibrin, at Jeka-da-Fari Market in Gombe on
March 13.

He said the suspect who operated under the pseudo name
of Dantata Sule, serves as a middleman for Boko Haram members and their
commanders.

He said the suspect had affirmed his membership of the sect.

Opuiyo
said in sustaining its operation, the service had arrested a suspected
Boko Haram commander and food supplier, Ibrahim Fulata, and three of his
associates in Dustsen Tanshi area of Bauchi State on Feb. 28.

He said the suspects were being questioned to establish other possible members of the network.

Opuiyo said that the service had also arrested Boko Haram suspects in Kano, Kogi and Yobe.

He
attributed the successes recorded to the cooperation and support of
Nigerians who volunteered useful information to the service.

Opuiyo assured that the service would maintain the zeal to ensure the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.

(NAN)