We are out to dislodge emerging Boko Haram cells in Abuja -SSS
The State Security Service (SSS) said on Sunday that its attack on the uncompleted Abuja property which led to some casualties was aimed at rooting out emerging terror cells, which were identified in the course of its investigations.
Spokesperson of the service, Mrs Marylyn Ogar, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune on the outcome of the shoot-out at the uncompleted Abuja property located at Apo area of the city, said that the service was alerted to some emerging terror cells and that it decided to act fast.
According to her, similar investigations had led to the arrest of some suspected Boko Haram elements in Lagos some months ago.
She, however, added that the Lagos incident did not attract much uproar because men of the service were not shot at and they did not open fire.
She told the Nigerian Tribune that information given by two suspects, who confessed to being Boko Haram members, led to the search for arms and ammunition said to have been buried around Apo cemetary but that when it became difficult to locate the exact location, the suspects offered to take the operatives to the uncompleted building where their leader was hiding.
“Let me first state that this was a joint operation with the army. When our team got to the uncompleted house, they were shot at and I think it is only a tree that will be shot at and remain there to die. A human being must react. During cross fire, there is bound to be casualties.
“We have discovered that these people are trying to take roots and we need to move fast and wipe out the roots.
“These people must not be allowed to take roots anywhere. When we learnt that they were in Lagos, we moved fast and we discovered them. But they didn’t fire shots at our operatives so we only made arrests. You don’t expect that when suspects fire shots at soldiers and SSS operatives, they should keep calm.”
Some nine persons were said to have died in the course of the joint operation following a raid by the army and the SSS.
It was learnt that the SSS is still on the trail of the leader of the Boko Haram men in the uncompleted building, who was said to have escaped into the darkness while firing shots at the security men.
“It was dark, so the soldiers could not identify who was who while responding to gunshot. The lead suspect escaped firing shots at the operatives,” a source said. Via Nigeria Tribune