Alleged recruiter of terrorists for ISIS, others, arrested in Nigeria

SSS operatives

The State Security Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa alleged to a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the SSS through a statement by one of its officials, Tony Okpuiyo, said Mr. Yunusa was arrested in Kano on January 17 after he “completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ISIS.”

Read the SSS’ full statement below.

DSS Arrests ISIS Recruiter and Other Terrorists

… Planned Terrorists Attacks in States Aborted

In line with the Service statutory mandate  to decisively and continually provide actionable intelligence as well as act to degrade persons and groups that threaten  internal security in the Country, the Service initiated series of tactical operations, involving raids and enforcement actions against identified criminal and extremist kingpins and syndicates across the country.

These recent operations have significantly degraded the key extremist groups and kidnapping gangs, terrorizing innocent citizens in the Country, particularly in the South-West, North-West and Middle-Belt regions of the Federation.
On 17th January, 2016, one Abdussalam Enesi YUNUSA, a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was arrested in Kano. His arrest was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.

Prior to his arrest, YUNUSA had completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the ‘Islamic State’. These recruits include the trio of one Muhammed RABI’U, Yahaya Momoh JIMOH and Zainab SUNDAY (f). YUNUSA is a 400 level undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology.

He was subsequently radicalized and became a member of an extremist cell, comprising of one IBRAHIM (fnu) and Abubakar LIGALI, whom he revealed are currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya. He listed one AMINU (fnu) and Ibrahim JIHADI (Nigeriene), as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. The cell was being funded by one Abu-sa’ad Al Sudani, a media expert with the extremist group using Western Union money transfers to fund the terrorist cell agenda. 

On 17th January, 2016, in Daura township of Daura LGA, Katsina State, another budding extremist cell affiliated to ISIS, was intercepted by the Service. One Ibrahim Mohammed DAURA, Zaharadeen SALISU and five other elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru, were arrested by the Service. This group was discovered in an active stage, as its members were already co-ordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano States.

In the same vein, on 22nd January, 2016, one Obansa SALAMI, Ejide TIJANI aka Abu Uwaise II, Mohammed RABIU aka Ubida II, Zainab MOHAMMED and Abdulqadir Salisu AHMAD were arrested in Kano by this Service, while  migrating to Libya, with their immediate families including infants, in a bid to join ISIS. This group was apprehended after painstaking monitoring of its network and plans.

On 29th January, 2016, the Service arrested Mohammed Aliyu NDAKO in Kwara State. NDAKO is a seventeen (17) year old undergraduate student of a tertiary institution in the State. He was arrested sequel to credible intelligence on his plans with one Abdulkadir Salisu AHMAD a.k.a Daddy Tall, another student in Kano State, to carry out coordinated lone-wolf attacks on selected populated targets in Nigeria preferably worship centres or recreation venues. Suspect had hitherto been communicating with foreign extremist elements, while sourcing online terrorist training and support.

Within the window of these tactical operations, between the month of December 2015 and February 2016, the Service,  busted the  network of syndicated kidnap gangs spanning different regions in the country, especially Kebbi, Zamfara, Niger, Nasarawa, FCT, Oyo and Osun States. Foremost in this line, was the arrest of a gang of five (5) kidnappers, Abubakar HASSAN, Usman MUSA, Usman ADAMU and Idrisa Babangida AHMADU at Ife junction, Osun State, on 3rd  February, 2016.

On 5th February, 2016, the fifth member of the gang, Saidu ISYAKU was arrested at Ojo area, Oyo State. These kidnappers, Six (6) AK 47 rifles, five (5) magazines and about one thousand rounds of ammunition were recovered. This gang has been active in the South West axis of the country and were at advanced stages of kidnapping high value targets for huge ransom, before they were intercepted.

Another breakthrough in the fight against kidnapping was the killing of Abubakar MOHAMMED (aka BUBA), and an unidentified member of his group, on 8th February, 2016 close to Jebba Medical Centre, Jebba, Kwara State by security operatives as they tried to escape during a shootout with security operatives. MOHAMMED was a notorious kidnap kingpin known for his brutality and various acts of lawlessness. It is disheartening that this criminal and his men had terrorized, to no end, residents of the South West zone.  He was also linked to the kidnap of the elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, in Ondo State.

In the wake of deliberate  vandalism of oil pipelines  by criminal elements in the South-South region, the Service arrested one Nengi Samuel IKIBA aka Kockman Abula, a notorious pipeline vandal on 27th January, 2016, in Bayelsa State. IKIBA confessed to vandalizing several pipelines in the State, including the 24” Agoda/Brass Oil pipeline at Idema community in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State. 

The modest success of the Service in its support to the Federal Government to achieve its desired economic objectives and stability may also be noted. To this effect, the DSS have arrested a group of fraudsters who had concluded plans to hack the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) domiciled in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in order to steal Four Billion, Five Hundred Million Naira (N4.5b) from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The gang was led by one Sunny OKOH, a hacker who  worked in collaboration with the trio of Uwem Udo EKPO, a Chief Program Analyst in the OAGF, Maxwell EKENE, a retired security operative and Dozie EGWU, based in Malaysia and who is now at large. The suspected fraudsters intended to use a software they had sourced and codes released to them by EKPO to hack Government accounts in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and defraud the Government of this huge sum.

It is instructive to note that a credibility problem would have arisen over the TSA policy if these hackers had succeeded in their plan and thus lend credence to the critics of the policy that it ought not to have been introduced and implemented. For the avoidance of doubt, the suspects have been handed over to the EFCC for further investigations and prosecution.

It is pertinent to state that these successes were recorded as a result of proactive and credible intelligence offered by members of the public, sister security agencies and other stakeholders. This Service wish to state that it will continue to deploy every means necessary within its statutory mandate, and armbit of the law to ensure the security and safety of all law-abiding residents and citizens wherever they reside.

It is also germane to urge all and sundry to be extra-vigilant, as well as report any suspicious persons/groups or activities to relevant security agencies, for the sustenance of relative peace in the country 


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  • Rommel

    Ohhh boy,this is getting deeper,lone wolf attacks? Nigeria is in for hell of a ride,maximum grease to the elbows of the security operatives

  • what is d difference

    Buhari Sponsoring A Presidential Candidate in Niger Republic and the ISIS recruiter’ Are they not the same.

    Is Muhammadu Buhari actually a Nigerian President or Niger Republic leader?

    Last week when the video and pictures emerged as President Buhari sat on the seat reserved for Niger Republic leaders at the AU, before he was told to move to the Nigerian Reserved Seat, some Nigerians thought it was a mistake.

    Today, another event have reconfirmed that Buhari seating on Niger Republic seat was not an error in any form or shape.

    This is the Presidential campaign Niger Republic reportedly being sponsored by Nigerian president from the empty Treasury.

    In this time Austerity, Nigeria cannot afford to sponsor elections of other countries, while majority of Nigerians are finding it hard to even eat. Enough of these Wastage.HOPE FOR NIGERIA

    • New Nigerian

      Actually Jonathan is the one from Niger Republic. It is either that or
      Okonjo Iweala who authorized the transfer of more than 3million Euros to
      the government of Niger Republic for buying vehicles, as revealed yesterday. For what? Your
      guess is as good as mine. It could be for Boko Haram

  • Maria

    Eboes now joining ISIS….they will do anything for money.

    • Rommel

      Are you dyslexic?

    • Otile

      Smelly cunt, must you always pollute the atmosphere with your smelly nyash?

      • Maria

        Even your respected cleric confirmed it that you people can eat shit for money….

        • Otile

          Smelly cunt, stop talking about shit. It is gross. The fact that you are smelly does not mean that you must pollute everything including conversations.

          By the way, Gen Oladipo Diya, and Ogagun Aremu Obasanjo are the only people known to have eaten shit for money. These are illustrious sons of Oduduwa.

  • New Nigerian

    This is an important milestone. I have been waiting to read the effective use of intelligence to stop mayhem anywhere in Nigeria and beyond by these band of evil merchants everywhere in the land. Gratitude to DSS for re-vectoring for effectiveness. May God bless all the hard work. May God protect DSS folks and all those in the front lines of stopping terrorism.

  • share Idea

    What do we call this news, monthly DSS briefing or latest news? Nigeria we hail thee.

    DSS refused to have spokesperson that will be briefing the public and now, they muddled up all their actions over several months and disseminated same to public just to reassure the citizen that they are working.

  • SAM .A

    Good job ! Please arrest all of them and let send them to where they belong ;HELl , where they will quickly be served with their seven virgins.

  • musa aliyu

    Well done dss

  • Abilingo

    Thank you DSS!!!.As God taking control in Nigeria.

  • Onike24

    The level of criminality in Nigeria is quite frankly, sickening! Every single corner you turn, there is fraud or criminality of some kind peering back at you. That Nigeria exists today as a state to my mind is nothing short of an example of God’s mercy, I doubt that there is any country, except maybe Pakistan that has this level of criminality, but in Pakistan there are world class hospitals that can treat complex injuries if nothing else, what has Nigeria got that is a saving grace? Entertainment? I just wonder……

    • Onike25

      But when we post comments here to say Nigeria is not a country pple like u rum merd and disagree. Until u break up nigeria, the absurdities will only increase

    • Otile

      Sister, 9ja got oil in abundance. That’s our only saving grace.


    Holy Sh1t! I actually know Abubakar Ligali personally.Still spoke to his mother recently

    Why? Why?

  • favourtalk

    Let them all be prosecuted and kudos to the dss for that wonderful and bravery work. We are now winning the war against terrorism

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  • Ed

    DSS should tell us about the arrest of Northern politicians sponsoring Boko haram. This is what Nigerians want to hear. PT shud stop the distractions.