The head of Islamic State (ISIS) in West Africa commanders were arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kukuntu village, Gwagwalada-Abuja.
The suspects are: Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo.
Mr. Tony Opuiyo, an operative of the service on Thursday in Abuja said in a statement, the suspects were arrested on May 5, after special operations on identified targets.
He also said that Umar Dogo, a suspected member of ISWÀ at Musa Lawal market in Bauchi was arrested in a related operation by the service on 28th April, 2018.
The suspects were discovered to have concluded plans to perpetuate the ideals of the group in the area and in collaboration with Boko Haram carry out heinous attacks on innocent persons, Opuiyo said.
Two experts in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Adamu Hassan, aka Bale and Abubakar Abubakar aka Alhaji or Buba, were arrested said the operative following intelligence reports.
He also said on 12th and 19th April, 2018 two other members of Boko Haram, Mohammed Saleh, aka Azrak and Illiyasu Abubakar, aka Ruwa were arrested at Gassol and Ardo Local Gocernment Areas of Taraba.
Opuiyo further said that on 17th June, 2018 two members of the dreaded Basalube kidnap group, Usman, aka Siddi and Ibrahim Muhammed, aka Ganaja, were arrested by the service at Karu village in Abuja.
He said that during one of the operations, one of the group`s notorious members, Tambaya Umar was arrested on April 24 at Odigie village, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.
Opuiyo said that Umar was arrested with Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Mohammed, Aliyu Manu and Umar Mohammed for their complicity in the group’s numerous criminal acts.
He said that on March 27 the service also arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate at Calabar.
The suspects are: Simeon Paul, Emmanuel Etim, Eric Out, Famous Oleke and Felix Eshet.
He said that items recovered from them include: one AK-47 Rifle, three empty AK-47 Magazines, 38 rounds of live ammunition, two live rounds of 9mm ammunition, one Mossberg pump action rifle and 15 live cartridges of ammunition.
Opuiyo added that between May 9 and 29, several associates of the dreaded kidnapper, Terwase Akwasa, aka, Ghana were also arrested at various locations in Benue.
He said that the during the operation, three suspects, Ada James, Tikaa Desmond and Joseph Ikpa were arrested with a Toyota Venza Sport Utility Vehicle.
He said that in another operation in Katibu village, Lau local government area of Taraba, a joint team of the service, military and police encountered 100 armed herdsmen, adding that “during the confrontation, 10 herdsmen were killed and several others escaped with bullet wounds.”
He said that items recovered from them include: two AK-47 Rifles, one G3 rifle, three Dane guns, two cutlasses, and four motorcycles.
The operative said that the service also arrested suspects in connection with kidnapping and cultism across Nasarawa, Edo, Delta, Osun, Lagos, Kogi and Ondo states.
Opuiyo said that with the arrests, calm would return to the otherwise volatile areas where the criminals had held sway.
“ The Service is therefore poised to consolidate on these successes and bring about an atmosphere in which law abiding citizens will pursue their legitimate businesses,“he said.
He called on members of the public who have useful security information not to hesitate to volunteer same to the appropriate security agencies and formations.