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SSS Arrests Wanted Gun runner, Others in 10 Days Operation


The State Security Service (SSS) said on Sunday that some notorious arms dealers operating in states across central Nigeria have been arrested.
The secret Police said in an operation that lasted 10 days starting from March 18 ended with the arrest of the alleged gunrunners who were on the wanted list of the secret police for about 10 years.
The service said the arrested gun runners have been linked to supplies of dangerous weapons for violent activities which included armed banditry and kidnapping, the SSS said.
On March 13, at about 12:20 p.m., SSS operatives arrested John Abbey, a suspected arms dealer, in Wukari, Taraba State, the statement said l.
“Abbey, also known as Jonah Idi, was arrested alongside his alleged driver, Agyo Saviour, a.k.a.: Dan-Wase, the SSS said in a statement attributed to Tony Opuiyo. The press release was circulated through PRNigeria, a pro-government public relations firm based in Abuja.
“Abbey had been “on the wanted list of the service for the last 10 years over arms and ammunition trade,” the statement said,
He allegedly supplied arms to criminal groups in Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue,and Taraba, working closely with Terwase Akwaza, a.k.a.: Ghana, to terrorise residents in Benue State.
Akwaza has long been identified as a major suspect in the ongoing attacks on Benue residents. Last month, Governor Samuel Ortom increased a bounty placed on him from N10 million in 2016 to N50 million.
The SSS said it recently linked Mr. Abbey to a movement of arms and ammunition from Konduga, Borno State, to Taraba State, saying Mr. Saviour was the driver used in the operation.
“Indications are that he sources arms from the Republic of Cameroon and parts of the North-East of Nigeria,” the SSS added.
Abbey’s arrest came a few days after the secret police arrested Sesugh Aondoseer, another suspected member of the ‘Ghana’ gang. Mr. Aondoser, who was arrested on March 7 around 12: 23 a.m. near the International Market along George Akume Road in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, was accused of masterminding “several kidnap and robbery operations in Katsina Ala-Ukum and Gboko-Makurdi axis of the state. He was also linked to attacks in Takum, Taraba State.
The SSS said its operatives recorded success in other operations conducted within the same period.
In a similar operation on March 15, 2018, around 5:00 p.m., operatives arrested a suspected kidnapper, Lawal Ibrahim, at Chiwarna Hotel, Angwan Rogo, along Bauchi Road, Jos North Local Government Area in Plateau State. Mr. Ibrahim, a.k.a.: Alhaji Anwalu, was arrested alongside Ado Saleh and Bayero Adamu, some of the men suspected to be members of his kidnap-for-ransom syndicate.
The SSS accused them of killing one of its operatives, Daanan Balgnan, on December 30, 2017, amongst other criminal offences in Plateau and neighbouring states of Nasarawa, Kaduna and Bauchi.
Operatives recovered N1.5m in cash from the suspect. The money is said to be a part of a ransom which the syndicate allegedly collected from Ayuba Gamale, a staff of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), whose two abducted family members were released on March 14, 2018.
In the South-east, the SSS arrested Nnaemeka Udoukwu and Nkem Nnonyelu for alleged ties to an abduction syndicate in Anambra State.
The were arrested on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Ifite, a village near Awka, the state capital.
“Both suspects have been on the wanted list of the service for their involvement in series of kidnap incidents in the state,” the SSS said,
For instance, Udoukwu was linked to the abduction of Margret Orji, mother of an Onitsha-based businessman, Michael Orji, in January 2017, allegedly collecting a ransom of N2 million before freeing the senior citizen.”

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