A top commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group also known as the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA), Husseini Maitangaran, was reportedly arrested by the Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Kano on 31 August, 2017.
According to the DSS, Maitangaran in 2012 led several deadly attacks in Kano, including the attack at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 1 on 20 January 2012.
“Under the banner of ISWA, which he belongs, Maitangaran, an Improvised Explosive Devices expert, had been prepping and priming others for the perpetration of suicide bombing attacks carried out by the group in the past within the North-East region,” the DSS said
The statement was signed and issued on Saturday by Tony Opuiyo, the spokesman of the DSS. The DSS noted that Maitangaran was arrested alongside other top terrorists who were planning massive attacks in Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno States during the last Eid-el-Kabir celebrations on September 1.
Maitangaran was allegedly the mastermind behind the planned attacks and had been on the wanted list of the DSS and the Nigerian Army.
He is also reportedly behind bomb attacks on worshippers at the Kano Central Mosque and a military formation in Yobe State which led to the death of over 100 persons in 2015.
Others arrested included Abdulkadir Umar Mohammed who was apprehended at Kantin Kwari Market in Fagge Local Government Area of Kano State, Muhammad Ali who was apprehended on September 3 at Sheka area in Kumbotso Local Government of Kano State.
Yahaya Mohammed Abatcha and Yusuf Mohammed were also apprehended at Tunga area in Minna, the capital of Niger State.
Abatcha and Mohammed who belongs to the Habib Al-Barnawi’s faction of the Boko Haram, were responsible for operations in Abuja, Kaduna and Niger States.
Another member of the group, Abdulkarim Mohammed (aka Baba Maigiwa) was arrested at Ajilani area of Jere Local Government area of Borno State by the DSS during a counter-terrorism operation in Borno, Bauchi, Yobe and Gombe States.