Nigeria’s Department of State Services says it has foiled a sinister plot by a terrorist group to stage series of coordinated attacks across different parts of the country during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, and has encouraged citizens to be wary of their environment during the Sallah.
“Their aim was to hit soft targets such as markets, public parks, public processions, recreation centres, as well as worship centres especially the Eid Praying Grounds and other densely populated areas during the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration. The latest plan by the terrorists was to unleash mayhem on Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna and Maiduguri. Consequently, the Service wishes to announce that the planned terrorist attacks in Kano and aforementioned States have been nipped in the bud.”
The Service said the supposed attack would have been carried out by one Yusuf Adams and Abdumuminu Haladu but for their arrest in the early hours of Friday, in Sokoto.
Adamu and his accomplice were to command the operation in Kano.
DSS with intelligence efforts of its men was also able to arrest the facilitator of the Kano attack, an explosive expert by name Bashir Mohammed at Unguwar Barnawa, Shekar Madaki, Kumbatso LGA, Kano State on 20th June.
Their plan, with others now at large, was to assemble the explosives and use them on selected targets during the Eid-el-Fitr Celebrations.
On the arrest of Mohammed in Kumbatso, Kano, a search was conducted at his residence where dangerous weapons were recovered.
They are: Eight (8) AK-47 rifles; twenty (20) fully loaded AK-A7 magazines; twenty seven (27) hand grenades; Seven hundred and ninety three (793) rounds of live ammunition, One (1) gas cylinder, Three (3) laptops; One (1) GSM phone;One (1) Lifan motorcycle, One (1) Honda Civic Car (Ash) and a printer.
The public has been warned to avoid any for of gathering or assembly as the group plan to use such opportunity to infiltrate the populace and cause mayhem.
“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 groups 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, however, assured Nigerians that it was working with other security agencies to ensure that no section of the country was attacked during and after the Sallah celebrations.
“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,” the DSS concluded in the statement.