Nigeria: Nigerian security service arrests man for threatening diplomats

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Department of State Security (DSS) on Monday announced the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened members of the diplomatic community in the country.

“Following threat messages against some members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja and Lagos, this service responded and subsequently apprehended one Aikhoje Moses on 19 August 2016, at Azagha by-pass off the Benin–Asaba Expressway in Edo State," said Tony Opuiyo, an official of the DSS.

The department also has in custody four Boko Haram terrorists, 19 other members of Ansaru terrorists’ group cells and other criminal gangs/syndicates.

According to a statement issued by Opuiyo, "before his arrest, Moses had threatened the diplomatic community in Nigeria, particularly the consular-generals of Switzerland and Denmark and their embassies in Nigeria, warning them to leave the country.”  

The DSS has urged the general public to remain vigilant and alert to developments in their immediate environs, and to support security and law enforcement agencies, with critical information on suspicious persons and groups, for the sustenance of peace across the country.

It explained that the arrests were carried out in furtherance of its ongoing tactical and counter-terrorism operations to degrade the capabilities of criminal syndicates in their hideouts.

The Service also said that it has arrested masterminds of “the spate of gruesome killing and kidnap incidents in Benue State (north-central Nigeria).”
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22 august 2016 18:50:58

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