The Department of State Services has arrested suspects Husseini Mai-Tangaran and nine others over an attempt to disrupt the recently concluded Eid-Kabir celebrations with a series of gun attacks and suicide bombing. The terrorist group operating under the umbrella of Islamic State of West Africa has planned to attack cities in Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe, and Abuja.
The statement of the DSS signed by Tony Opuiyo stated that the Husseini Mai-Tangaran was the mastermind and he had been on the Nigerian Army radar since 2012 when he coordinated the armed attacks on the office of the Assistant inspector-general of police in Zone 1 in January 2012. Mai-Tangaran was responsible for attacks at the Kano Central Mosque and an attack on a military formation in Yobe.
Tangaran is an IED expert and he had been actively involved in planning bombing attacks within the North-Eastern region of Nigeria before he was arrested in Kano on the 31st of August. Further investigation led to the arrest of Abdulkadir Mohammed and one Muhammad Ali who was the financial courier of the group channeling them to the foreign extremist sponsors. Yusuf Mohammed and Yahaya Mohammed Abatcha were also arrested in Minna, Niger state in a tactical operation of the DSS
“Abatcha and Mohammed are both fighters in the Habib Al Barnawi-led ISWA. The two men the leading elements of a cell of the extremist group and have been hibernating and furthering the doctrines of the group in the city. They were also to be responsible for operations in FCT Abuja, Kaduna and Niger States,” it stated.
The DSS continues to reassure well meaning Nigerians that every perpetrator of violence against Nigeria and its citizens will be made to answer for his crimes no matter how long it takes.