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DSS Arrests 2 Suspected Kogi Bombers  

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested suspected masterminds of the Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack in Kogi State.

Stonix News reports that the explosion occurred on December 29, 2022, near the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Okene, few hours before the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurates projects in the state. 

The suspects arrested were Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru (a.k.a Abu Mikdad) and one of his associates, Saidu Suleiman.

DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, said the suspects were arrested on January 3, 2023 and Otaru sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape.

“During investigations, it was ascertained that Otaru was a high commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and either coordinated or was involved in the following dastardly operations: the 24th June, 2022 attack on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State.

“A Police Inspector, Idris MUSA was killed and two AK-47 rifles carted away in that attack; The 5th July, 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and the 5th August, 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd (WACL) in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three Indian expatriates were kidnapped.

“It will be recalled that five persons including one Indian, two policemen and two drivers of the company were also killed in the attack. The kidnapped expatriates were released on 31st August, 2022.”

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