How SSS foiled IS attack on Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, others – Official

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The State Security Service, SSS, has announced that it foiled a plan by the Islamic State of West Africa, ISWA, to announce major states in Northern Nigeria including Kano, Kaduna and the capital, Abuja.

The SSS, also called DSS, in a statement by a Tony Opuiyo, said the “plan was to conduct gun attacks and suicide bombing on selected targets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States.”

The agency said a mastermind of the attack, Husseini Mai-Tangaran, had been on its radar since 2012 and was responsible for previous attacks in Kano and Yobe states.

Mr. Mai-Tangaran was arrested on August 31, and his arrest led to others involved in the plan, the agency said.

Read the full statement by the security service below.

DSS Nabs Commander of West Africa Terror Group
… Foils Several Attacks on Sallah Day
This Service wish to inform the general public that it has uncovered and foiled sinister plans by Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) terrorists to cause mayhem and destruction that would have disrupted the Eid-Kabir Sallah festivities of 1st – 4th September, 2017. The plan was to conduct gun attacks and suicide bombing on selected targets in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States.

2. The mastermind of the operation is Husseini MAI-TANGARAN, a well-known senior ISWA commander who has been on the Service and Nigeria Army radar since 2012, when he spearheaded the armed attacks on the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone I, on 20th January, 2012, as well as other public places in Kano. MAI-TANGARAN was also responsible for the deadly explosive attacks against worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque as well as an attack on a military formation in Yobe State in 2015, which claimed hundreds of lives.

3. Under the banner of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) which he belongs, MAI-TANGARAN, an IED expert had been prepping and priming others for the perpetration of suicide bombing attacks carried out by the group in the past within the North-East region.

4. He was arrested in Kano, on 31st August, 2017, and further exploitation, led to the arrest of one Abdulkadir Umar MOHAMMED by the Service on 2nd September, 2017, at Kantin Kwari Market in Fagge LGA, Kano. MOHAMMED was a fighter of the sect who left the conclave of the group in the Sambisa forest, to join ranks with ISMAILA towards carrying out the attacks being planned by the group.

5. Also, another accomplice in the plot, one Muhammad ALI was arrested on 3rd September 2017, at Sheka area in Kumbotso LGA of the State. Prior to his arrest, ALI was the financial courier of the group in Kano. He was one of the conduits through which funds and other material logistics were channelled to the group from foreign extremist elements/sponsors. Like Abdulkadir Umar MOHAMMED, ALI was involved in the plot to perpetrate the planned attacks in Kano and other States in the North during the just concluded Eid-Kabir celebration.

6. Furthermore, in a related tactical operation on 3rd September, 2017, the Service apprehended the duo of one Yahaya Mohammed ABATCHA and Yusuf MOHAMMED, along Top Medical Road, close to Mobile Quarters in Tunga area of Minna city, Niger State. ABATCHA and MOHAMMED are both fighters of the Habib Al-BARNAWI-led Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA). The duo are the leading elements of a cell of the extremist group and have been hibernating and furthering the doctrines of the group in the city.  They were also to be responsible for operations in FCT Abuja, Kaduna and Niger States.

7. In Borno, Bauchi, Yobe and Gombe axis, based on credible intelligence, the Service in concert with sister security agencies, conducted a counter-terrorism operation on 29th August, 2017. This resulted in the apprehension of one Abdulkarim MOHAMMED aka BABA MAIGIWA, at Ajilani area of Jere LGA in Borno State. BABA MAIGIWA was apprehended based on intelligence which indicates his status as a spy/ double agent to the Boko Haram group in the North-East region. The suspect has been spying on targets in Maiduguri, particularly troops’ deployments/positioning and subsequently passing same to elements of the group in Sambisa forest, while also pretending to be working for the security forces.

8. Meanwhile, in a follow up operation after the arrest of Baba MAIGIWA, the Service further arrested the three (3) individuals who are currently cooperating in providing useful information on the diabolical plans of the group. Meanwhile, two (2) golf saloon cars, one ford vehicle which was serving as logistic vehicles have since been intercepted.

9. In a bid to stem the flow of arms and ammunition in the ongoing criminality and gangsterism in Benue State being perpetrated by Gana AKWAZA-led gangs, the Service arrested Moses PEVERGA in Abuja. Subject who is based in Lokoja, was trailed and apprehended after investigations revealed him to be a major source of arms supply to the GANA group and other criminal groups to perpetrate the violence in Benue and other adjoining States of Kogi and Nasarawa. The Service is pursuing other leads to arrest other individuals who are believed to be involved in these plans.

10. This Service wish to thank the general public for its support and cooperation in providing useful information on criminal and terrorist elements in their domain. The Service also wish to reiterate its stance that no matter how long, every perpetrator of violence and criminality against the Nigerian State and its law-abiding citizens, shall be made to face the full course of justice.


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  • AryLoyds

    Fake news !

    • Festus

      Sit down in your comfort zone and be announcing fake news you hear!

  • serubawon70

    SSS is fast becoming something else. Too many James Bond stories. A picture of at least one of the men would not hurt. Why all the self applause when credibility can be in doubt

  • Otile

    Have SSS and DSS foiled any Fulani attack on Igbo or non Muslims anywhere on earth?

    • Es3

      A question worth answering by the SSS as well!

  • Gary

    Wow, this reads like a spy novel but we must thank and support our intelligence services and military, no matter our doubts.
    There’s time to vent about their shortcomings or playing politics with national security but this is not the time.
    The stakes are just too high and nobody needs to be an intelligence analyst to see that the Islamist terrorists are planning to provoke mayhem and civil war ahead of the belatedly Quit Notice to Igbos in the North by October 1.
    All they have to do is stage an attack on Igbos/Southerners in the North to provoke reprisals in the South East. And the Army has moved troops into Igboland and likely use force like they did in making a hero of Nnamdi Kanu among Igbo youth. Even those opposed to IPOB will not watch or remain neutral if the Nigerian Army violently suppresses their people.
    And before we know it, the rest of the nation will takes sides and Nigeria will be plunged into a civil war. Again. This time courtesy of Islamic Jihadists. This is the pattern followed in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

    We can only hope that the intelligence services and military forestall this scenario and cooler heads and minds prevail on Mr. Buhari to see the big picture.

    • patriotism

      Nothing like Islamic terrorists, terrorist are terrorist, call them what they are. Don’t link terrorist with any religion because all religions preach or encourage peace. Certainly terrorist, arm robbers, kidnappers, drug trafficer etc. are not operating in any religious doctrines. Pls be civilized and stop religion sentiments.

      • Gary

        Sorry that the shoe fits. IS, Boko Haram or Al Queda have a goal of establishing a Sunni-Salafist Caliphate. No quibbling about their muderous agenda: THEY ARE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. Period.
        I’m not in the business of trying to call a dog a monkey to make the purveyors of Sharia comfortable. They created the monster that is now consuming the nation. Deal with it instead of beating about the bush over nomenclature.

        • Es3


          I couldn’t agree less with you on this!

          Probably, they were expecting you swallow your word (and your tongue as well) by wanting to be politically correct, but no, you knew what you meant quite well and where your stand is on this issue!!!

          They would prefer to cow the ‘cowards’ among Nigerians into exonerating them of their guilt and the guilt of their religion on these blood-sucking spree in Nigeria. Unfortunately for them, some of us don’t blink on such!