The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested one Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, a 400-Level undergraduate student of Federal University of Technology, Minna, for allegedly recruiting in Kano for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This was as the service intercepted a budding extremist cell affiliated to ISIS in Daura township of Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The arrest of Yunusa was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country. Prior to the arrest, the suspect was alleged to have completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the organisation.
The recruits included Muhammed Rabiu, Yahaya Momoh Jimoh and Zainab Sunday.
In a statement from the DSS, signed by Tony Opuiyo, the suspect is studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology. He said he had been subsequently radicalised and became a member of an extremist cell currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya. “He listed one Aminu and Ibrahim Jihadi (Nigerien), as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and the West African sub-region,” the statement read.
“One Ibrahim Mohammed Daura, Zaharadeen Salisu and five other elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru, were arrested by the Service. This group was discovered in an active stage, as its members were already coordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano states.