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Buhari’s Visit: DSS Arrests ISWAP Commander Over Kogi Blast

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the mastermind of the vehi­cle-borne improvised explo­sive device (VBIED) attack in Okene, Kogi State last Decem­ber.

As per Daily Independent reports, the incident occurred on December 29, 2022, near the Palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebi­raland during the visit of Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari to commission some projects in the state.

A statement by Peter Afu­nanya, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSS, said that the service arrested Abdul­mumin Ibrahim Otaru, popu­larly known as Abu Mikdad, and one of his associates, Saidu Suleiman, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

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According to the PRO, Otaru sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot, while attempting to escape from the DSS officials, saying that he was currently receiving treatment at a health facility.

He explained that inves­tigations conducted by the DSS revealed that Otaru was a high commander of Islam­ic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and either coordinat­ed or was involved in several crimes that had happened in recent time.

The DSS alleged that Otaru was involved on the June 24, 2022 attack on the Nigeria Po­lice Area Command, Eika-Ohi­zenyi, Okehi Local Govern­ment Area (LGA) of Kogi State.

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The attack, he said, led to the killing of a Police Inspector, Id­ris Musa, while two AK-47 rifles were taken away.

The suspect was also ac­cused of the July 5, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the August 5, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Aja­okuta LGA in Kogi State in which three Indian expatriates were kidnapped.

Recall 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 August 31, 2022.

The statement added: “Ota­ru operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State. Sim­ilarly, he and his gang had staged several kidnap opera­tions in Kogi and Ondo states. Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly.

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“The service reiterates its commitment to the safety of the nation. It assures to work assiduously with stakehold­ers including sister security agencies to tackle the menace of terrorism and other forms of criminality and threats to national security.”

Afunanya, therefore, called on citizens to support agency and other law enforcement organisations with relevant information and all the neces­sary cooperation required to achieve a peaceful country.

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