Yusuf Salisu an alleged medic for kidnappers and the Boko Haram has been arrested by the Department of State Service (DSS) in a joint operation with the military.
A statement on Wednesday by DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya Yusuf revealed that was arrested on 9th November, 2018, at Sabon Birni Village, Igabi LGA, Kaduna State.
He said until his arrest, the suspect operated a medicine store and regularly treated wounded kidnappers or their victims.
The DSS said Salisu is also linked with 13 high profile Boko Haram Commanders already on the wanted list of security agencies.
Afunanya also said, on 7th November 2018, at Mararaban-Jos, also in Igabi LGA, the Service arrested another kidnapper Muhammad Musa.
He further said the Service arrested a suspected gunrunner Dare Okunwola, adding that, also arrested are Okunwola’s associates Kim Dung (a local AK-47 Rifle fabricator), Hubert Akubulo, Chidi Ezubebem and Elochukwu Oguabia.
He said during the operation, 1163 rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the group. He said two other members of the gang; Bitrus Badung and Emeka Obi are still at large.
He added that on 13th November, 2018, at Rafin-Guza, Kaduna State, Umar Nuhu, a member of ISWA and a close associate of Liman Maitukwane (the current leader of Ansaru Group) was arrested by the Joint Team.
He said, “This group is responsible for the several attacks on Military Bases in the North – East. Similarly, on 14th November, 2018, at Gayawa, Ungogo LGA, Kano State, the Service apprehended Jafar Umar suspected member of the Boko Haram sect.”
Afunanya also said on 16th November, 2018, Shuaibu Shehu a kidnap kingpin and cattle rustler was arrested at Gumel, Jigawa State while on transit.
He said items recovered from him were one AK-47 Rifle, one locally made Pistol, two military uniforms, sixty-four cows, four donkeys and some rams.
He said other members of his gang also arrested include: Abdulkarim Dauda, Adamu Usaini, Umar Adamu, Usaini Shede from whom locally made pistols and two machetes were recovered during a search.
He stated that the on 15th November, 2018 at Fulani settlement, Zango Village, Lokoja, a suspected kidnapper, Ibrahim Muhammadu, who has carried out several kidnap operations in Kogi state was arrested.