The Department of State Services (DSS) has paraded Bello Danhajia, a close associate and presumed second-in-command of the suspected mastermind of the United Nations (UN) House bombing, Khalid Al-Barnawi.
Al-Barnawi was arrested by DSS operatives on April 1 in Lokoja, Kogi State, while hiding under a false cover.
An official of the service, Mr. Abdulalhai Garba, who showed the suspect to reporters, said preliminary investigation linked him to gun-running, cattle rustling and other criminal activities.
He said prosecution would begin once investigation was concluded.
Garba said Al-Barnawi was known for recruiting young people into the Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorist groups.
“With the arrest of Al-Barnawi, the DSS has made an uncommon success in the decimation of these groups and their leadership’’, he said.
Also yesterday, the DSS said it also arrested four suspects, who specialised in defrauding innocent Nigerians by impersonating government officials.
Garba said that one of the suspects, Aminu Ado, was arrested on March 24 in Keffi, Nasarawa State and confessed to defrauding Lt-Gen. T.Y. Danjuma of one million naira in 2015.
He said the suspect also defrauded the wife of Akwa Ibom Governor of N300,000 in collaboration with Hajia Aisha.
Garba said that Ado also confessed to defrauding others, claiming to be the chief security officer to the President.
“Further investigation showed that Ado has the mobile phone numbers of Federal Executive Council members, some governors, their wives and aides as well as those of prominent Nigerians and military/police officers’’, he said.
Others arrested for fraud are David Michika, from Adamawa, Umar Hamza from Kano State, James Akune, from Benue and Kazeem Usman, from Lagos.
Garba said the suspects opened and operated bank accounts through which they collected money from their victims.
He advised the public to be vigilant and report such suspicious persons to the appropriate security agencies.
“ This service wishes to re-emphasise its commitment to the safety of law abiding citizens and residents’’, he said.
He said the service would deal decisively with those who chose to be on the wrong side of the law.
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