DSS smashes kidnap rings in Benue, Cross River, Lagos


Major General Babagana Monguno (retd) National Security Adviser

Major General Babagana Monguno (retd) National Security Adviser
Major General Babagana Monguno (retd) National Security Adviser
The Department of State Services (DSS) has smashed a kidnapping syndicate responsible for gruesome killings and kidnappings in Benue State.

In a statement on Monday, the DSS said it arrested one Terfa Jirgba and two of his accomplices, Terzungee Kwaghaondo and Mathias Aende, at Badagry Street off Esther Aka road in Makurdi, Benue State.

”Jirgba is an active ally and gang member of Terwase Agwaza, aka Ghana, a notorious kidnapper who runs a kidnapping and criminal network in Benue State.

In a follow-up operation, one Terungwa Abur was trailed to Port-Harcourt City in Rivers State and arrested on 16 August,” DSS stated.

The service described Abur as the second in command to Agwaza and a key member of the kidnapping gang of Terwase Agwaza, aka Ghana which operates from Benue State. He acts as a courier for the underworld gang and was the negotiator of the N4,000,000 ransom paid to the gang for the release of two Indian nationals who are staff of Dangote Cement Company, Yander-Gboko, who were kidnapped on 29 July in Markudi city. He also participated in the killing of one Otin in Gboko township on 1 August, 2016.

DSS said the arrests of major criminal masterminds in Benue and other adjourning states will continue until these criminal gangs are routed and made to face justice.

”To address the activities of various criminal syndicates that have in recent months terrorized residents of Calabar and parts of Akwa Ibom State, on 15 August, along Ukpong Street in Oron LGA, the service arrested one Benjamin Emomotemi and his accomplices namely Gabriel Ambrose, Godbless Taliboth Mattias, Blessing Sunday, Simeon Blessing Sunday, Edet Effiong Asanagasi and Rose Williams. The suspects were part of a kidnap ring which masterminded the abduction of one Mr. Rufus AKV on 31 May, 2016 and Senator Patrick Ani on 6 July, 2016 in Cross River State.

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”The Service also arrested one Mudaisiru Jibrin aka Namakele/Alarama on 17 July, 2016, at Sauna quarters, Yankaba area in Kano. Jibrin was the spiritual leader to a newly uncovered Boko Haram cell in Kano. Preliminary investigation so far conducted revealed that he was also the mastermind of the shooting of some students at Government Secondary School (GSS), Mamudo village near Potiskum, Yobe State, in 2013.

Similarly, on 8 July, 2016, at Kinkinau area in Unguwar Mu’azu of Kaduna metropolis, the Service arrested one Mukhtar Tijani, a notorious Boko Haram fighter and three (3) of his accomplices namely, Isiaku SALIHU, Abdullahi Isah and Hindu Isah. The four suspects were apprehended while perfecting arrangements for major coordinated attacks on selected targets and locations in Kaduna State.

”In a related development, on 12th August 2016, at Auchi in Edo State, three members of the ANSARU terrorist group hibernating in Kogi State were apprehended by the Service. Usman ABDULLAHI, Abdulmumuni SADIO and Ahmad SALIHU were arrested while making arrangements to launch attacks on some selected targets in Edo and Kogi States, before escaping to join ISIS in Libya.

Following recurring attacks by cattle rustlers in Zamfara State, this Service conducted series of operations in collaboration with the military to degrade the criminal network of one “BUHARI General’” in the State. Sequel to these operations, this Service arrested one Abdullahi HARUNA aka DOUGLAS, a bread seller on 13th August, 2016, at Hayin Buba area in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State. HARUNA was intercepted while using the cover of his petty business, to monitor security bases and movement of security agents in the State, in a bid to facilitate counter-attacks against security personnel deployed to the State.

”Also, on 12th August, 2016, at Aliero town in Aliero LGA of Kebbi State, one Hussaini Alhaji SULE aka YELLOW, was apprehended by the Service. His arrest was facilitated by an earlier operation of 29th July, 2016, when one Hafizu SANI, a spy and criminal associate of “Buhari GENERAL”, was apprehended by this Service. Prior to his arrest, SANI was also spying on the movements of security agents in Zamfara State. SANI in concert with other elements, have been terrorizing local communities in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States respectively, engaging in cattle rustling and kidnap activities,” the DSS stated.