The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that its operational activities in addressing the various security challenges across the Country have continued to yield significant successes.
This is according to the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Peter Afunanya in a Statement issued on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
According to the Statement, the intensive efforts of the DSS in conjunction with other Security Agencies culminated in the arrests of some suspects and seizure of various dangerous items in Nasarawa and Kogi States.
The Statement read that on 19th June, 2023 along the Abuja- Keffi Expressway in Keffi LGA of Nasarawa State, the joint team of security operatives apprehended Abubakar Muhammad (aka Abu Direba), a suspected gunrunner. During the operation, the team seized the following insidious items:
a. Four Hundred and Eighty-Six (486) rounds of 7.62 x39mm calibre ammunition;
b. Twenty-Two (22) primed IEDs
c. The sum of Thirty-One Thousand, Five Hundred naira (N31,500)
d. One (1) Volkswagen Golf vehicle with registration number- RBC202XA.
In another joint operation in the early hours of 22nd June, 2023, a team raided the hideout of Kabir Bala (aka Okwo), one time jail breaker and notorious gang leader in Ejule, Ofu LGA of Kogi State. Okwo and his gang members engaged the troops in a gun duel during which he was neutralised. Others, however, fled the area. Items recovered at the scene were one AK47 rifle with three (3) fully loaded magazines, six (6) locally fabricated weapons, two (2) phones and charms.
With the Eid celebrations just some days away, the DSS has called for vigilance, revealing that there are reports of plans to attack worship and recreational centres before and during the festivities.
“This is evident in the recovery of primed IEDs among the suspected terrorists.
“Operators and patrons of public places including markets, malls etc are advised to be watchful and report any suspicious movements and persons to the relevant security agencies.
“Accordingly, the Service will continue to partner with sister agencies for necessary proactive drills to frustrate criminals and their activities,” the DSS assured.