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DSS arrests 16 Boko Haram commanders in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu, Gombe

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The Department of State Security Services (DSS), has arrested no fewer than 16 Boko Haram members in about five states of the federation.

A statement released by a DSS official, Tony Opuiyo on Sunday said the Service rounded up the terror group members in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe between July 8 and August 25.

It further noted that of particular attention was the arrest of the masterminds of the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos in July 8, in Gombe State and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.

While unmasking their identities, the DSS listed their names as Usman Shuaibu (aka Money), Ahmed Mohammed (aka Abubakar), Adamu Abdullahi (aka Babpa), Ibrahim Isa, Muttaqa Yusuf (aka Mohammed Sani/Mudtaka), Bakura Modu, Mustapha Alli Jamneri, Abuyi Sherriff, Abba Modu Sagma, Grema Abubakar, Tijani Bagudu,Baba Alhaji and Abass Ibrahim, Ibrahim Audu, Ibrahim Haruna, Mal Ali Mohammodu, Adam Wakil Abdul Jilbe and Mohammed Usman.

According to the statement “In line with the DSS re-strategised counter terrorism measures to combat the menace of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the Service has continued to make significant breakthroughs in this direction.

“This followed the rounding up of notable commanders and frontline members of the notorious group from different parts of the country. It should be noted that the group’s new pattern of movement and spread is necessitated by the pressure being put on them in their core areas of strength in the North East.

“Consequently, a number of them have been arrested in Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Enugu and Gombe States between July 8 and August 25, 2015. Of particular note was the arrest on July 8, 2015 in Gombe State of those responsible for the coordination and execution of the suicide attacks in Potiskum, Kano, Zaria and Jos.”

On Shuaibu, the DSS stated that: “Shuaibu revealed that he coordinated the attacks under reference with the sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000.00), which was provided by his Amir, one Isa Ali.

“He claimed that the said Isa Ali has links to the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, from where he collects monies to fund operations undertaken by their Markaz.

“Also, he revealed that he has participated in several Boko Haram attacks, including the attacks at Gwoza Divisional Police Station in 2014. Shuaibu admitted being the leader of the team of nine (9) sect members that was dispatched from Sambisa Forest to carry out the attacks. He disclosed that four (4) out of the nine (9) of them were used as suicide bombers in executing all the (Suicide) attacks.”

On Ahmed and Adamu, the DSS said; “Ahmed, an IED expert, confessed to the preparation of the IEDs used for the mentioned attacks. He also averred that he (Abubakar) was the one who strapped the suicide bombers, notably Sule and his wives, with IED vests, which they used in the attacks in Jos.

“Adamu, a suspect confessed that Usman Shuaibu motivated him to work closely with Ahmed Mohammed in the preparation of the IEDs used in the attacks under reference.”

Listing the suspects arrested in Lagos, the DSS revealed that; “Modu was arrested on July 20, 2015, at Kara, Isheri Berger, Ikeja LGA, Lagos State. Mustapha arrested on July 24, 2015, at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Alimosho LGA, Abuyi Sherriff, arrested August 7, 2015, at Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland LGA, Babagana Ali and Babagana Koloye, arrested same day August 7, 2015, at Eric Moore, Bode Thomas Street, Surulere LGA.”

According to the Service, others nabbed in Lagos include “Sagma arrested August 9, 2015, at Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Grema Abubakar and Tijani Bagudu arrested August 10, 2015, at Amukoko, Ijora Badiya, Apapa LGA, Baba Alhaji and Abass Ibrahim, arrested earlier on the same day (10th August, 2015), at Alaba International Market, Alaba, Ojo LGA, while Audu was arrested on August 19, 2015, at New Artisan Market, Enugu, Enugu State.

“Nigerians and indeed the general public have to note that the arrest of Usman Shuaibu and the core members of his cell, stemmed the spate of bombings by the extremist sect. It would be recalled that ‘Money’ and his group were arrested on their way to Bauchi State where they had planned to execute another heart-rending bomb attack and this was frustrated by the arrest.

“Furthermore, the sudden influx of Boko Haram members into Lagos State points to the determination of the sect to extend its nefarious terrorist activities to the State and in fact, other parts of the country. The arrest of these confessed terrorist elements has however helped in no small measure to avert devastating attacks in the area. However, the Service is making efforts to conclude its investigations and commence prosecution of the suspects.

“Drawing from the above, the DSS reiterates its avowed determination to work with other stakeholders in the fight against terror and other forms of criminality in our country. Citizens and residents are therefore called upon to rise to the occasion by volunteering useful information to the Service and relevant security agencies.”

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra

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Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari

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The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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