DSS Arrests Suswam Over Alleged Arms Discovery

DSS Uncovers Arms From Property Allegedly Linked To SuswamThe Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam.

The arrest was made after the Service said it uncovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from a property allegedly belonging to the former governor at number 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja.

According to a statement by the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the operation was informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property.

The DSS said after carrying out a raid on the property in the presence of two private security officers employed by the company, the following items were recovered:

  • A glock pistol with two magazines and a total of 29 rounds of ammunition;
  • A mini-uzi with two magazines containing 10 rounds and four rounds respectively;
  • Forty-two extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack and one Ak-47.

The search also revealed:

  • Twenty-one Certificates of Occupancy and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy;
  • Twenty-three luxury designer watches; and
  • Forty-five keys to various exotic cars.

The DSS warned politicians to desist from making inciting comments that may heat up the system.

“It is in the light of this latest development that the Service wishes to sound a note of warning to persons and groups that it will no longer tolerate any acts of lawlessness by those who ought to be law abiding and responsible citizens.

“The Service has also observed with total dismay, the inciting utterances of some political actors whose activities heat-up the polity.

“It also wishes to express its disappointment with these politicians who in their desperation, are engaged in hate speeches and sponsor of radio campaign jingles when the electoral umpire has not authorised such campaigns in line with the Electoral Act.

“More worrisome is the unpatriotic involvement of some media outfits in these divisive tendencies which negate their constitutional role as the fourth estate of the realm.

“In line with its statutory mandate of maintaining the peace and internal security of the country, the Service hereby restates its commitment to go after anyone no matter how highly placed. who engages in acts capable of causing the breach of peace in the country,” the statement read.

Three Kidnappers Die As DSS Rescues Oil Company Workers In Rivers State

dssThe Department of State Services (DSS) has rescued four oil company workers from their abductors in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

A statement by the spokesman for the DSS, Tony Opuiyo, said the workers were rescued at White House Estate, Rumukwurushi, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

It said the kidnap gang was led by Emmanuel Eyo, earlier arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“During the rescue operation supported by the military, a staff of the Service sustained gunshot injuries in his leg while three members of the gang were killed in the exchange of fire. One AK47 rifle, one magazine containing 59 rounds of 7.5mm ammunition and three locally made pistols were recovered from the gang,” the statement read.

Giving an update on other operations of the DSS in other parts of Nigeria, Mr Opuiyo stated that in Rigasa area of Igabi LGA of Kaduna State one Alkasim Salisu, a Boko Haram member, was arrested.

The DSS spokesman stated that “Salisu had fled the military operation in Yobe State to settle in Kaduna where he and his cohorts had planned to launch attacks on select targets in Kaduna metropolis including the railway station”.

The Service also arrested one Kelvin Nwanaji, at Ojo, Lagos State, who had opened a Facebook Account in the name of the Director General of the SSS and has been using it to defraud members of the public, whom he promised jobs in the Service.

“His arrest was sequel to investigation arising from the misinformation in the social (news) media that the Service was recruiting. Further investigation is being undertaken to arrest all those connected with this scam,” the statement also read.

The service further urged Nigerians to disregard the falsehood as it was not currently engaged in any recruitment exercise.

“It should be noted that employment into the Service is conducted in the most transparent manner in line with laid down procedures and processes.

“While the public is advised to be wary of fraudsters who may use this opportunity to extort money from them, the Service uses this medium to ask that the news about recruitment be disregarded in its entirety,” the DSS added.

It also reiterated its commitment to providing a safe and peaceful environment for law abiding citizens and residents to go about their legitimate businesses.

DSS Accuses Gov. Wike Of Plans To Disrupt Governance

DSS Accuses Gov. Wike Of Plans To Disrupt GovernanceThe Department of State Services (DSS) says it has uncovered a plot by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to disrupt machinery of governance in strategic Federal Government agencies.

In a statement signed by Tony Opuiyo, the DSS alleged that the governor planned to provoke a violent breach of peace in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, December 22, 2016 and beyond, especially during the yuletide.

They accused the Governor of having secured the services of a National Assembly staff to mobilize some hoodlums to execute the plan.

Part of the statement reads: “The aim of the plot is to cause mayhem, a complete breakdown of law and order and cast the security agencies and the Federal Government in bad light.

“It is also intended to divert public and international attention from the ongoing Police investigation into the unwholesome role played by the Governor and some of his cronies in the violence that trailed the re-run election in Rivers State which resulted in the gruesome murder of civilians including the beheading of DSP Mohammed Alkali and some of his colleagues as well as the brutalization of INEC staff who failed to do the bidding of the Governor.

“In furtherance of this plot, protesters are to besiege the National Human Rights Commission, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Assembly, the Nigerian Army and Police Headquarters as well as British High Commission, US Embassy and the UN Secretariat, Abuja; all in an effort to raise false alarm that Rivers State was under siege of security agencies during the elections.

“While the obvious aim is to draw public sympathy and international attention to spurious allegations of involvement of Federal agencies in violence during the last elections in Rivers State, the actual objective is really to trigger a round of violent action against the government and create opportunity for idlers to join the deceitful protest.

“Part of the orchestration is to provoke the security agencies and prompt them to take action against the protesters that could result in bloodletting.”

False And Baseless Alarm

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has described the statement by the DSS as a “false and baseless alarm”.DSS Accuses Gov. Wike Of Plans To Disrupt Governance

The Commissioner for Information and Communication in Rivers State, Dr. Austin Tam-George, in a swift reaction said: “It is an irresponsible scaremongering by an agency that seems bent on a mission to blackmail the governor of Rivers State, and bring the state government into disrepute.

“Governor Wike is a man of peace, and would never orchestrate disturbances in any part of the country.

“The Rivers State Government challenges the DSS to leave Governor Wike alone, and instead focus their operational attention on the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed over 70, 000 people, and displaced 6 million Nigerians , in the past six years.

“The government and people of Rivers State will never succumb to cheap blackmail by the DSS, or any federal agency by whatever name.”

No Amount Of Intimidation

The DSS had similarly vowed in the same statement that it “and in fact other security agencies, will not be cowed, or by any means allow any person or group of persons no matter how highly placed to subvert Nigeria’s statutory institutions meant to protect critical installations and law abiding citizens.

“In this regard, the Service also states in unequivocal terms that no amount of intimidation, grandstanding or outright manipulation of facts will be allowed to stop it and other agencies from conducting their duties as constitutionally mandated or concluding investigations into the Rivers State electoral violence.

“Finally, the Service wishes to restate its commitment to the protection of life and property in the FCT in particular and Nigeria in general.

“Consequently, it advises youths to resist the temptation of being lured by desperate politicians to undermine the government or engage in acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order.

“It calls on all Abuja residents to go about their normal businesses as the Service is committed to ensuring that the full wrath of the law is brought against persons or group of persons who may threaten the peace and stability of the country.”

DSS Warns Of Possible Terror Attacks During Eid-el-Fitr

DSS, Eid-el-FitrThe Department of State Services (DSS) has alerted Nigerians on the need to look out for suspicious packages and strange persons within their communities ahead of and during the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

The agency raised the concern on Friday in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Tony Opuiyo.

Mr Opuiyo confirmed that the DSS had been availed of intelligence suggesting possible terror attacks by militants on selected locations across Nigeria.

He said some locations of interest that could be targeted include parks and places of worship.

The DSS spokesman affirmed the agency’s commitment to adopting strategies aimed at ensuring the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens.

He advised members of the public to be security conscious and report suspicious persons or activities to relevant security operatives.

The agency also highlighted the arrest of a group of suspected kidnappers in June among other criminal gangs that were nabbed.

“On 7th June, 2016, one Kabiru Shuaibu, the ring-leader of a kidnap gang, comprising his accomplices namely: Haruna Saleh, Tukur Shuaibu and Abdulmumuni Adamuna, were arrested by the Service along Murtala Muhammad Bridge, along Lokoja-Abuja Highway, in Lokoja, Kogi State.

“The suspects were part of a criminal gang which has been terrorising innocent citizens in the northern region of the Federation.

“During their arrest, a locally-made pistol, seven (7) cartridges, fourteen (14) mobile phones and six hundred and fifteen thousand Naira (615,000 Naira) were recovered on them,” the DSS noted.

DSS Arrests Suspected Founding Member Of Boko Haram In Lokoja

Mohammed Usman Boko Haram
Mohammed Usman Boko Haram

This Department of State Services has arrested a suspected founding member of the Boko Haram, Mohammed Usman, in Lokoja, Kogi State.

According to the DSS, Mr Usman, widely known as Khalid Al-Barnawi, alias Kafuri, Naziru, Alhaji Yahaya, Mallam Dauda, Alhaji Tanimu, apprehended by this Service on April 1 in, while hiding under a false cover.

The Service said Mr Usman, whom it prefers to refer to as Al-Barnawi, was a founding member of the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid Da’wah Wa’l-Jihad (Boko Haram) and later the Amir of the break-away faction, Jama’at Ansarul Muslimim Fi Biladi Sudan (JAMBS).

A statement by the spokesman for the DSS, Tony Opuiyo, said “Khalid Al-Barnawi is a trained terrorist commander, who has been coordinating terrorist activities in Nigeria, while talent-spotting and recruiting vulnerable young and able Nigerians for terrorist training by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in North African States and the Middle-East”.

The service said he was involved in many terrorist attacks in States of the Federation, including Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Sokoto and FCT-Abuja that resulted in the killing and maiming of innocent citizens of Nigeria.

“Al-Barnawi is also responsible for the bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja, on 26th August, 2011; the kidnapping of two European civil engineers in Kebbi State in May, 2011, and their subsequent murder in Sokoto State; the kidnap of a German engineer, Edgar Raupach in January, 2012, the kidnap and murder of seven expatriate staff of Setraco Construction Company at Jama’are, in Bauchi State in February, 2013, the attack of Nigerian troops at Okene in Kogi State, while on transit to Abuja for an official assignment,” the DSS claimed in the statement.

It said the suspect would be charged after investigation, describing the arrest as a major milestone in the counter-terrorism fight of this Service.

The DSS reassured Nigerians that the Service in collaboration with other sister security agencies, would bring perpetrators of crime and their sponsors to justice.

In another development, the Service said it uncovered the heinous role played by suspected members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), in the abduction of five Hausa-Fulani residents, namely Mohammed Gainako, Ibrahim Mohammed, Idris Yakubu, and Isa Mohammed Rago at Isuikwuato Local Government Area in Abia State.

According to the DSS, the abducted men were later discovered at the Umuanyi forest, Abia State, where they were suspected to have been killed by their abductors and buried in shallow graves, amidst 50 other shallow graves of unidentified persons.

It said arrest and investigation conducted so far, revealed that some suspected members of IPOB, carried out the action.

It claimed that IPOB was steadily embarking on gruesome actions in a bid to ignite ethnic terrorism and mistrust amongst non-indigenes in the South-East region and other parts of Nigeria.

It warned that it would act decisively within its statutory mandate to ensure that the sponsors and perpetrators of the action were apprehended and prosecuted.