Saturday, 24 June 2017
The State Security Service on Friday, said it arrested suspected terrorists planning to launch coordinated attacks in Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, others, during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Consequently, the Service wishes to announce that the planned terrorist attacks in Kano and aforementioned States have been nipped in the bud.
On the arrest of MOHAMMED in Kumbatso, Kano, a search was conducted at his residence wherein the following dangerous weapons were recovered:
i. Eight (8) AK-47 rifles;
ii. Twenty (20) fully loaded AK-A7 magazines;
iii. Twenty seven (27) hand grenades;
iv. Seven hundred and ninety three (793) rounds of live
v. One (1) gas cylinder;
vi. Three (3) laptops;
vii. One (1) GSM phone;
viii. One (1) Lifan motorcycle;
ix. One (1) Honda Civic Car (Ash); and
x. One (1) printer.
The Service has also uncovered plans by the terrorist elements to infiltrate the ranks of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (a.k.a. Shiites). This is in an attempt to assume a formidable cover to unleash violence and evoke a complete state of chaos in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja during the group’s Qudus Day Procession/Rally scheduled for today (23/06/2017) in Abuja and several States in the Northern parts of the country. Sequel to this, the Service is warning members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to desist from staging any form of procession or demonstration as the terrorists will seize the opportunity to unleash mayhem.
The public is encouraged to disregard the antics of these terrorist extremists to cause a breakdown of law and order and instill fear in the populace. The Service is working, in concert with other security agencies, to ensure that no section of the country is attacked during and after the Sallah celebrations.
Law abiding citizens and residents are not only assured of their safety but enjoined to go about their normal businesses without fear of attack. It pledges to engage all stakeholders to ensure a hitch free Eid-el-fitr festival across the country.
While the public is enjoined to remain very vigilant before, during and after the Sallah celebrations, people with useful information regarding suspicious movements and faces as well as unusual activities of criminals and terrorists around their neighbourhoods, are advised to immediately avail same to the Service or the nearest security agency.