Eight High-profile Suspects Arrested In Abuja Terrorists’ Cell Raid

•Cache of arms, ammunition recovered

The Nigerian military has raided terrorists’ hideouts in Abuja communities, arresting eight high-profile suspects

The suspects were apprehended at their sleeper cells at Deidei Abattoir, a suburb in Abuja, and Dukpa village in Gwagwalada Area Council, Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said yesterday.

The sting operation was conducted by troops of the Guards Brigade.

Two officers and six soldiers attached to the Presidential Guards were killed in an ambush by terrorists in the Bwari area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) a month ago.

There have been speculations about the existence of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) sleeper cells in the FCT.

Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major-General Musa Danmadami, said the raids were conducted on August 13.

“During the raid eight suspected terrorists were arrested, five AK47 rifles and three pump action guns were recovered, while large quantities of items suspected to be cannabis sativa, three machetes and knives, among other items, were recovered.”


He said 57 terrorists were neutralised in the last two weeks in the northern parts of the country.

Among those killed according to the Director, was a notorious terrorist’s commander identified as Sojan Madagwal, who was responsible for various attacks and road blocks along Gusau road another high profile terrorists Commander, known as Uzaifa, who was the ‘MINZIR’, which connotes the fourth in line of the terrorist leadership structure.



According Danmadami, a total of 1,652 Boko-Haram terrorists and their families comprising of 320 males, 442 women and 890 children surrendered to troops at different location in the period under review.


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