Three suspected commanders of the Islamic State (IS) in West Africa international terrorist network and many of their Boko Haram associates have been arrested in Abuja and Bauchi, the Department of State Services (DSS) said yesterday.
According to the security agency, the arrests were made during special operations.
DSS’ spokesman Tony Opuiyo, in a statement, alleged that the suspected ISWA terrorists were planning operations in Abuja and other parts of the country.
The statement came in the wake of the report by a British newspaper that IS was sending its commanders from Syria to Nigeria for training in an “exchange programme.”
The DSS said:
“Determined to continuously thwart the budding cells of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram , the Service conducted special operations on identified targets; this led to the successful arrest of Bashiru Adams and Rufai Sajo , commanders of the group on May 5 at Kukuntu Village, Gwagwalada Area Council, FCT, Abuja .
“The Service on April 28 at Muda Lawal Market, Bauchi, Bauchi State, arrested another member of the ISWA , Umar Dogo.
“The suspects were discovered to have· concluded plans to not only perpetuate the ideals of the Movement in the area, but to, in collaboration with Boko Haram, carry out heinous violent attacks on innocent persons .
“Following intelligence reports, Adamu Hassan (aka Bale) and Abubakr Abubakar (aka Alhaji /Buba) , experts in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) assembly were arrested.