The Department of State Services has announced the arrest of Musa Garba Abubakar, an engineer reported to have been manufacturing and procuring arms for the extremist Boko Haram sect.
In a statement by Tony Opuiyo of the service, the agency revealed how Abubakar aka Muhadis Musa Bin Haddad, was arrested in Jos, Plateau State, during a special and tactical operation.
Abubakar’s arrest, the SSS said, saw the men of the service recovering two pistols, 80 rounds of live ammunition and several sensitive documents.
Abubakar was also said to have tried employing propaganda to propaganda to manipulate the international community against the efforts of the Federal Government as he sought logistics and financial support from a foreign mission to fight the Boko Haram
“On 2nd March, 2016, one Musa Garba ABUBAKAR (Engr) aka Muhadis Musa Bin HADDAD, was arrested at Jos, Plateau State, during a special tactical operation by the Service. ABUBAKAR is a major gun fabricator, arms-runner and a covert linkman/courier for the Boko Haram group,” the statement reads.
Continuing, Opuiyo said ‘During his arrest, 2 pistols, 80 rounds of live ammunition and several sensitive documents were recovered from him. In a bid to employ propaganda to manipulate the international community against the efforts of the Federal Government, in the ongoing war against terror in the North-West region, MUSA had approached a foreign mission in Nigeria for logistics and financial support to fight the Boko Haram. However, unknown to the mission, he is actually an unauthorized gun-maker/runner with intent for mischief and communal strife in the North Central region.
‘In furtherance of exploited leads, this Service apprehended other suspected associates of the gun-runner, namely: Umar Khalil MUHAMMED and Mohammed Yakubu TAHIR aka Mallam YARO, on 2nd March, 2016. MUHAMMED was arrested at Layin Oscar in Jos South LGA, while TAHIR was picked up at Mista Ali area, along Jos-Zaria road in Bassa LGA. The duo are accomplices and active marketers of ABUBAKAR and his products to criminal elements in the North-Central region of the Country.
‘In strengthening its counter-terrorism strategy, the Service also arrested one Armaya’u YAKUBU aka Ali Tekwando, Yakubu SULE and Usman IBRAHIM on 3rd March, 2016, at Hayin Danmani area in Kaduna metropolis.
‘The trio were members of an extremist cell under the coordination of YAKUBU, with affiliation to the proscribed extremist group, ANSARU and have been perfecting plans to travel to Sudan, for terrorist training with other radical elements of the group,” the statement reads further