Nigeria’s State Security Service (DSS)

The State Security Service has
revealed that it has uncovered
Boko Haram cells in Abuja,

Below is a press release by

This is to inform the general
public that the Boko Haram
terrorist group has continued
to establish and operate sleeper
cells whose (sole) mandates are
to conduct surveillance and
carry out subsequent attacks in
the FCT. This disclosure has
become necessary following
the arrests of the sect’s
members who migrated from
various conflict theaters in the
North East to the FCT in order to
enable them capitalize on the
excitement of the yuletide
season to launch attacks in the
For instance, on October 29th,
2015, the duo of Muhammed
Hassan Idris (a Nigerien) and
Baba Abdul Maina were
arrested at Panteka area of Apo,
Abuja. This was followed by the
arrest of Sanni Mohammed (aka
Kakase) and Ahmed Umaru (aka
Mallam; Mallam Hamdi Garne;
Ahmed Daubi) in Lafia,
Nasarawa State. Sanni, who
hails from Potiskum, Yobe State,
fled the area following his
involvement in coordinated
suicide attacks in Yobe, Plateau,
Kano and Kaduna States.
In a related development, on
19th November 2015,
Mohammed Shiwar ABUBAKAR
and Musa TA’ADA were arrested
at Shoprite Junction, Apo, Abuja.
ABUBAKAR hails from Borno
State and operates as a taxi
driver in Abuja. He is of an
unknown address but claims
that he sleeps in his
Volkswagen Golf car at the
Honda line, Apo mechanic
village, Abuja. The Gwoza-born
TA’ADA also operates under the
cover of a suya seller at Apo
Primary School along Kabusa
Road, Abuja. Still, on 23rd
November, 2015, one Ahmed
HASSAN was arrested while
carrying out surveillance on a
high-profile hotel in the city.
He hails from Katagum, Bauchi
State. Suspect admitted using
the cover of a beggar to sustain
surveillance on his targets.
Bulama Ali, had previously been
arrested in Karu, Nasarawa
State, on 22nd November, 2015.
Similarly, on 1st December,
2015, Hassan Abubakar and
Mohammed Gwale Mohammed
were arrested at Madalla, in
Suleja LGA of Niger State
following intelligence that they
were planning to commence
attacks in the FCT after a
successful surveillance of the
city. Before his arrest, Abubakar
was working with other sect
members in different parts of
the country notably Borno,
Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa
States. Abubakar was arrested
in the house of Mohammed
GWALE who claims to be a
Federal Civil Servant from Niger
He (Gwale) has made useful
statements which are helping
with further investigation. So
far, preliminary investigations
reveal that the suspects and
others still at large may have
adopted their respective trades
as plausible covers to infiltrate
the city and its environs in their
bid to conduct successful
surveillance and map out soft
targets for the sect’s attacks.
The DSS’ operations are,
therefore, aimed at preempting
any attacks by the terrorist
elements against the backdrop
of the upcoming festive period
and beyond.
It is in this regard that the
Service wishes to advise
residents and all law abiding
Nigerians to remain vigilant
especially at this yuletide
season and promptly report to
security agencies any
suspicious movements and
persons in the FCT and even
other parts of the country. The
Service also assures the general
public that it will continue to
carry out its responsibility of
ensuring peace and security in
Abuja and beyond

Department of State Services

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