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DSS arrests ISIS recruiter, members

09 February 2016, 21:29

Abuja - The Department of State Service (DSS) disclosed it arrested a recruiter and members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was arrested in Kano.

The arrest of Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, the alleged recruiter, is said to have been effected on January 17 but was disclosed on Tuesday.

Tony Opuiyo, Spokesperson, DSS Spokesperson, said his arrest was sequel to available intelligence, which indicated his terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.

Prior to his arrest, Yunusa was said to have completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ‘Islamic State’.

These recruits reportedly include Muhammed Rabi’u , Yahaya Momoh Jimoh and Zainab Sunday.

Yunusa is said to be a 400 level undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology.

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He is said to have subsequently been radicalised and became a member of an extremist cell, comprising of one Ibrahim and Abubakar Ligali, whom he is said to have revealed are currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya.

According to the DSS spokesman, he listed one Aminu and Ibrahim JIHADI (Nigeriene), as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

The cell was reportedly funded by one Abu-sa’ad Al Sudani, a media expert with the extremist group.

Meanwhile on January 17, in Daura, Katsina State, ISIS intercepted another budding extremist cell affiliated to ISIS, DSS said.

Six elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru, were arrested by the service.

“This group was discovered in an active stage, as its members were already co-ordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano States,” said Opuiyo.

On 22 January, DSS reported one Obansa Salami, Ejide Tijani, Mohammed Rabiu, Zainab Mohammed and Abdulqadir Salisu Ahmed were arrested in Kano allegedly while migrating to Libya, with their immediate families including infants, in a bid to join ISIS.

“This group was apprehended after painstaking monitoring of its network and plans,” said Opuiyo. 





- CAJ News


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