Agent of the State Services (DSS) have announced the arrest of five Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated Boko Haram members, who were planning to attack the British High Commission, US Embassy and other buildings occupied by representatives of western countries in Abuja.

The arrests were announced in a press statement signed by Mr. Tony Opuiyo of the DSS. According to the statement, the suspected terrorists were arrested in Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory on 25 and 26 March.

The DSS also announced that it has uncovered a racketeering network issuing certificates/letters of indigeneship to foreign nationals. The Boko Haram terrorist group, said the DSS, uses the network get new members into Nigeria.

“lt is also discovered that these non-Nigerians use their new indigene status to seek privileges, including admissions into the country’s tertiary institutions,” said the DSS.

It advised state and local government to be more circumspect in the issuance of these documents by liaising with the appropriate government organs, especially the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The DSS explained that its continued detention of Mr. Gabriel Suswam, former governor of Benue State, is not at variance with the law, as he has refused to cooperate with it in relation to the investigation into large cache of arms discovered at buildings owned by him.


“Further investigation in this regard prompted a joint military/Police/Service operation which resulted in the raid on a farm suspected to have housed the armory of Akwaaza, known for terrorizing Katsina-Ala, Logo and Ukum Local Government Areas of the state,” the DSS stated. Recovered from the scene, the DSS added, were high-calibre arms and ammunition. These included one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK-47 rifles, and one SMG rifle and large quantities of ammunition.


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