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Boko Haram fighters/Photo: AFP

Concise News Correspondents 

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The Department of State Services (DSS) says its operatives on Tuesday arrested four suspected members of Boko Haram in Oko Oba area of Lagos state, Southwest Nigeria.

The secrete service also stated that it has nabbed nine others in various parts of the country.

A report released on Tuesday by the agency identified the suspects as Fanayi Bukar Hassan, Butame Hassan, Kologoni Bukar, and Amina Abubakar.

They were suspected to have fled to Lagos state to evade arrest in the ongoing military offensive in the North East.

An arrest made in Kogi State

In the report, the DSS also said it arrested a kingpin of the sect on Tuesday in  Okene town, Adavi LGA, Kogi State.

It identified the suspect as Abdullahi Mohammed. He was said to be the leader of the Boko Haram sect in Okene. responsible for the coordination of the terror group’s activities in the axis.

Taraba state inclusive

Operatives of the agency also said two fleeing Boko Haram terrorists were caught  at Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA, Taraba State on New Year’s day.

The suspects, Bale Kolomi GREMA and Kolomi ADBA-AJI were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in Boko haram terrorist activities.

In Bauchi

On 7 January, one Muhammad AUWAL was arrested at Andaza village, Kiyawa LGA of Bauchi State in connection with terrorist activities. AUWAL who was arrested with the sum of three hundred thousand Naira (N300,000.00) on him, is believed to be a drug supplier to the boko haram sect in Sambisa Forest.

Also in Nasarawa

In addition, two  suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Ibrahim MALA and Abdallah MODU were arrested on 6 January  at Amba and Gudi villages of Kokona LGA of Nasarawa State.

The suspects who are indigenes of Maiduguri, Borno State, were reported to have fled the military action in Borno State and were regrouping in the State under different trade covers.

While Modu sells children’s wears, MALA, who trades in perfumes, confessed to his membership of the sect and disclosed that he (Mala) joined the Yusufiyya faction in 2007, the DSS report said.

Back to Kogi State

Abdulkarim Dahiru, a key terrorist commander and an indigene of Okengwa, Okene LGA of Kogi State, was arrested at the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja. The suspect was identified as the main coordinator of several kidnappings as well as other robbery activities in Kogi and Edo States.

The DSS further said its men arrested a kidnap suspect, Amadu Bello, at Hotoron Arewa, Nasarawa LGA of Kano State for his involvement in a kidnap at Zomo village, Ningi LGA of Bauchi State. Bello’s share from the ransom collected was N3m.