The State Security Service, SSS, has arrested an ISWAP commander behind a bomb attack near the palace of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, Kogi State.
A statement by the service spokesman, Peter Afunanya, identified the mastermind of the attack as Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru, aka Abu Mikdad.
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The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that it has arrested the mastermind of the Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack which occurred on 29th December, 2022, near the Palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, Kogi State during the visit of the President to commission some projects. The Service arrested Abdulmumin Ibrahim OTARU(aka Abu Mikdad) and one of his associates, Saidu SULEIMAN on 3rd January, 2023. OTARU sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape. He is currently receiving treatment at a health facility.
2.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:
3.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.
4.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. 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.
5.Attached are photographs of the suspects.
Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, fsi
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
National Headquarters, Abuja
4th January, 2023