NIGERAN Army officials have successfully thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram to infiltrate its ranks after one of the terrorist sect’s improvised explosives devices (IED) experts tried to sign up at a recruitment centre.
According the Department of State Security Services (DSS) spokesman Tony Opuiyo, Boko Haram is stepping up its game of deception. He added that there is an increasing desperation and sophistication of criminal elements, noting that about 21 suspected assassins, fraudsters, kidnappers and others have been picked up during various operations across the country.
Mr Opuiyo said: “In response to the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano State, the service in concert with the military, carried out coordinated operations in the state, which led to the apprehension of two high profile members of the sect, namely Ibrahim Ustaz Abubakar and Idris Audu, also known as Aya. Audu is an IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country and had already perfected plans to seek for recruitment into the next recruitment scheme of the Nigeria Army before his arrest.
“Similarly, on August 30, 2016, the trio of Bamaiyi Mustapha, aka Dan Borno, Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu, members of a notorious kidnap gang operating around the Abuja-Kaduna axis, were arrested at Lafia, Nasarawa State. The gang had earlier kidnapped five Igbo women and collected N13m as ransom, they were subsequently arrested by the service, while planning a high profile kidnap in Abuja.”
According to the DSS, a sacked embassy driver who was threatening the Ukrainian ambassador, was also arrested for posing as the accountant-general of the federation. Two others who cloned the telephone number of the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in a bid towards actualising high level fraud.