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ISWAP Commander Linked To’ Kogi Explosion, Kuje Prison Attack Arrested

In connection with the recent explosion in Kogi, the Department of State Services (DSS) claims to have detained two accused masterminds, including a commander of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The suspects were named as Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru and one Saidu Suleiman in a statement released on Wednesday by Peter Afunanya, the DSS spokesperson. Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru is thought to be an ISWAP commander.

They were detained on Tuesday, according to the DSS.

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On December 29, 2022, an explosion was reported to have shaken a hamlet in Kogi state’s Okene LGA.

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The event happened at a mosque close to the palace of Ado Ibrahim, the supreme monarch of Ebiraland, and it happened just before President Muhammadu Buhari officially opened various projects in the state.

Afunanya said that Otaru was also responsible for previous assaults, like as the July 2022 invasion of the Kuje medium security detention facility.

“During investigations, it was ascertained that Otaru was a high commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and either coordinated or was involved in the following dastardly operations: the 24th June, 2022 attack on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State. A Police Inspector, Idris Musa, was killed and two (2) AK-47 rifles carted away in that attack; the 5th July, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and 5th August, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three (3) Indian expatriates were kidnapped,” the statement reads.

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“It would be recalled that five (5) persons, including one (1) Indian, two (2) Policemen and two (2) drivers of the company were also killed in the attack. The kidnapped expatriates were released on 31st August, 2022.

“Otaru operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State. Similarly, he and his gang had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States. Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly.

“The Service reiterates its commitment to the safety of the nation. It assures to work assiduously with stakeholders including sister security agencies to tackle the menace of terrorism and other forms of criminality and threats to national security.

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“It, therefore, calls on citizens to support it and other law enforcement organisations with relevant information and all the necessary cooperation required to achieve a peaceful country.”

 

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