DSS Arrests ISWAP Commander Linked To Kogi Explosion


The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested two suspected masterminds of the recent bomb explosion in Kogi.

Recall that we reported that an explosion rocked a community in Okene LGA of Kogi state on December 29, 2022 while President Buhari was on a state visit. The bomb blast occured at a mosque near the palace of Ado Ibrahim, the paramount ruler of Ebiraland.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday, January 4, by Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson, the suspects identified as Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru, said to be an ISWAP commander, and one Saidu Suleiman, were arrested on Tuesday, January 4.

Afunanya said Otaru was also behind other attacks, including the invasion of the Kuje medium security custodial centre in July 2022.

The statement in part reads: “During investigations, it was ascertained that Otaru was a high commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and either coordinated or was involved in the following dastardly operations: the 24th June, 2022 attack on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State. A Police Inspector, Idris Musa, was killed and two (2) AK-47 rifles carted away in that attack; the 5th July, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and 5th August, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three (3) Indian expatriates were kidnapped

It would be recalled that five (5) persons, including one (1) Indian, two (2) Policemen and two (2) drivers of the company were also killed in the attack. The kidnapped expatriates were released on 31st August, 2022.

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.

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.

It, therefore, calls on citizens to support it and other law enforcement organisations with relevant information and all the necessary cooperation required to achieve a peaceful country.”


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