There is tension in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, following the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram leader. The suspected terrorist was arrested Saturday night by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Ogun State. Most residents of Abeokuta have now been thrown into a panic mood, as information about the arrest went viral within the State capital.
A private radio in Abeokuta broke the news on Sunday afternoon which created panic among the residents of the state.
A reliable source said suspected Boko Haram leader was arrested at Ijaye area of the metropolis.
This is coming amidst rumour that terrorists are planning to attack some States in the South-West Nigeria.
The suspected terrorist was said to have initially tried to resist arrest before he later bowed to the superior power of the DSS operatives.
It was gathered that the Boko Haram leader had left Katsina for Abeokuta, where he was employed as a security guard.
However, he had since been gathering intelligence for terrorist attacks.
Security sources hinted that the man was purposely in Abeokuta to set up terrorists’ cells for kidnapping and terror attacks.
He was said to have done the same in Abuja, Kaduna and Zamfara before he moved to Abeokuta.
“However, intelligence gathering gave him out and he was promptly apprehended before he succeeded in Abeokuta,” a source said, adding that there are still many of them being monitored.
According to the report on the radio, the suspected terrorist reportedly arrived in Abeokuta from Katsina, took up a security job at Ijaye, while gathering intelligence for terrorist attacks.
The security source said, “He (the suspect) moved to Abeokuta to set up terrorists’ cell for kidnapping and terror attacks.
“And following an intelligence gathering, the gun-wielding security operatives stormed his hideout and picked him up.
“It was not an easy ride. Intelligence and the grace of God were sufficient for the operatives.
“There are still many of them around, but we are on top of our game.”
It was learnt that the Boko Haram commander is still in the custody of the DSS.
Contacted, the spokesman of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, neither denied nor confirmed the arrest.
Replying to a message sent to him, he said, “No comment.”
Also, the Ogun police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command was yet to be informed of the arrest.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officers in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he was not aware of any arrest.