LAGOS, Nigeria — One of Nigeria’s intelligence-gathering agencies, the Department of State Services (DSS), announced the apprehension of two Boko Haram members on Sunday. Boko Haram: the marauding sect terrorizing northern Nigeria since launching an Islamization agenda against the state half a decade ago.
Both insurgents, Idris Audu and Ibrahim Abubakar, were captured in the northwestern city of Kano; further investigation revealed they are both specialists in the making of Improvised Explosive Devices, also known as IED’s.
Speaking through its spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, DSS stated that, “In response to the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano State, the Service, in conjunction with the military, carried out coordinated operations in the state which led to the apprehension of two high profile members of the sect.”
The arrest came as a triumph over an attempt by one of the insurgents, Idris Audu, in a perfected plan to join the Nigerian Army in its next recruitment scheme. When interrogated, the suspects confessed their clandestine move to penetrate into various security institutions in Nigeria.
DSS, as part of its commitment to flush out terrorists in Nigeria, had on July 17, 2016 arrested a Boko Haram leader, Mudasiru Jibrin, at Sauna Quarters, Yankaba, Kano State. Jibrin was one of those who carried out the 2013 shooting of students at Government Secondary School, Mamudo, Potiskum, Yobe State, in northeastern Nigeria.
by Adedayo Osho, political scientist and freelance journalist. Twitter: @Jahpolitical