The Department of State Services, Sunday, said it has foiled attempts by some Boko Haram members to join the Nigerian Army.
According to the secret police, two of the insurgents, who were specialists in making Improvised Explosive Devise, IED, were apprehended before they carried out the plan.
According to a statement by the spokesperson of tge DSS, Tony Opuiyo, the suspected Boko Haram insurgents were arrested in Kano.
Opuiyo said: “In response to the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano State, the DSS in concert with the military, carried out coordinated operations in the state which led to the apprehension of two high profile members of the sect.
“They are Ibrahim Abubakar and Idris Audu (a.k.a. AYA). Audu is an IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country.
“Audu had already perfected plans to seek for recruitment into the next recruitment scheme of the Nigeria Army, before his arrest.”
According to him, the sustained tactical and counter-terrorism operations of the service led to the arrest of the two suspects.
The DSS statement further disclosed that the service also arrested one Samuel Asuquo on August 22.
Asuquo is said to be a kidnap kingpin. He was arrested at Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River State for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of three Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which his gang received a ransom of N150m.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews ….
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