Nigeria’s Department of State Security (DSS) on Friday claimed to have arrested 12 suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect in an early morning raid carried out on an uncompleted building near official residences of National Assembly members in Apo, Abuja.
According to a statement issued by Marilyn Ogar, the spokesperson of the SSS, the suspects were arrested during a joint security operation at about 3 a.m. in a building located behind the Apo National Assembly Quarters.
It was contained in the statement that the operation followed information obtained from Kamal Abdullahi and Mohammed Adamu, two of the sect’s members who had earlier been arrested for terrorist activities.
Ogar stated that “they led the security team to the uncompleted building where arms were purported to have been buried underground.
No sooner had the team commenced digging for the arms than they came under heavy gunfire attack by other Boko Haram elements within the area. The joint team responded immediately.
As a result, some persons were injured while 12 others were arrested in connection with the incident and are making useful statements.’’
The FCT Police Command confirmed the death of 7 people at the uncompleted building.
Street Journal has however gathered that the building was inhabited by close to a hundred people who sleep on small mattresses. Findings revealed that the building was a haven for illegal occupants, having been left fallow for a while. It was also gathered that the security man guarding the building made brisk business by collecting the sum of N 200 per day from each occupant.
Some of the survivors of the shooting disclosed that about 4 days ago, someone who claimed to be the owner of the building came to inspect the place and gave all the occupants a week to vacate the premises.
The house was however raided before the deadline given to the occupants.
Those who were taken to the hospital with bullet wounds have also denied being members of the Boko Haram sect.