The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested Lawal Mohammed, a suspected major financier and amourer of the dreaded Basalube kidnap gang in Kogi State. Director-General of Department of State Service.
Mr Lawal Daura who was represented by an operative of the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the suspect was arrested on March 23, at Japama in Obajana Local Government Area of Kogi State. Opuiyo said that the suspect was apprehended with two other members of the gang, Mohammed Tukur and Abubakar Ibrahim, by the joint team of the service and the Military during the operation.
He said that Tukur was identified as the chief surveillance officer of the gang who coordinated the gang’s movement across Rivers, Edo, Delta, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kogi State and the Federal Capital Territory, preparatory to the execution of their operations. The operative said that items recovered from the suspects include: three cell phones and 25 bottles of psychotropic inducers. In a related development, the DSS said it had also arrested five suspected members of the Basulube kidnap gang at Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta.
The suspects are : Ali Abubakar, a top ranking member of the gang, Abubakareem Idrisa,Bashir Tsoho, Sanusi Abubakar, Nuhu Muhammadu and Abubakar Abdulhammeed. “This arrest was effected while Abubakar was perfecting plans to carry out kidnap operations in Obajana, Kogi,”he said. He said that in its determination to decimate the gang, the Service on on March 26 arrested Abubakar Danlansu, driver and weapon courier of the group at Dikko area of Niger. “The suspect was arrested enroute Edo from where he was to convey weapons to Obajana in Kogi for the gang’s planned kidnap operations. He said that the service had arrested Matthew Ekam, 39, in connection with the kidanap of Obianuju Onyema in Yenagoa on March 12 and later released by the kidnappers on March 18.
Opuiyo said the suspect is a native of Ogoja, Cross River and a driver of a heavy duty truck operating between Bayelsa and Rivers. He said that on March 24, the service arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Bello on the outskirt of Wudil Local Government Area of Kano State.