Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) have on Saturday, arrested one Musa Garba Abubakar alias Muhadis Musa Bin Haddad, alleged to be a major gun fabricator and arms runner for Boko Haram.
According to information gathered, Bin Haddad, who was arrested in Jos, Plateau State, during a special tactical operation by the Service, was also alleged to be a covert linkman and courier for Boko Haram.
A statement issued by the department’s spokesman Tony Opuiyo, described Abubakar, an engineer who was arrested on March 2, 2016, as “a major gun fabricator, arms-runner and a covert linkman/courier for the Boko Haram group.”
Opuiyo said: “in a bid to employ propaganda to manipulate the international community against the efforts of the Federal Government, in the on-going war against terror in the North-West region, Musa had approached a foreign mission in Nigeria for logistics and financial support to fight the Boko Haram.
“However, unknown to the mission, he is actually an unauthorized gun-maker/runner with intent for mischief and communal strife in the North Central region.”
The DSS spokesperson also said two pistols, 80 rounds of ammunition and several documents considered sensitive were recovered during Abubakar’s arrest.
Musa and two of his associates Umar Khalil Muhammed and Mohammed Yakubu Tahir aka Mallam Yaro allegedly sell guns to criminals in the North-Central geopolitical zone.
The DSS said: ”Muhammed was arrested at Layin Oscar in Jos South LGA, while Tahir was picked up at Mista Ali area, along Jos-Zaria road in Bassa LGA; the duo are accomplices and active marketers of Abubakar and his products to criminal elements in the North-Central region of the country.
“In strengthening its counter-terrorism strategy, the Service also arrested one Armaya’u Yakubu aka Ali Tekwando, Yakubu Sule and Usman Ibrahim on March 3, 2016, at Hayin Danmani area in Kaduna metropolis.
“The trio were members of an extremist cell under the coordination of Yakubu, with affiliation to the proscribed extremist group, ANSARU and have been perfecting plans to travel to Sudan, for terrorist training with other radical elements of the group.”