The Nigeria Police Force, have apprehended members of a new Terrorist organisation, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimeena fii Bilaa dis Sudan, across Kano, Kaduna and Katsina States.
They were apprehended by the Inspector General’s intelligence response team led by DCP Abba Kyari.
According to the Police, members of the terrorist group are responsible for the kidnap of expatriates and influential persons across Northern Nigeria in the last few months.
The terrorists also confessed to being recruited from mosques across the North and taken to Libya where they were trained as terrorist fighters.
The fighters are allegedly indoctrinated with Islamic teachings which eventually leads to them committing criminal acts with the belief that they are fighting a just cause.
The terrorists are alleged to be responsible for the kidnap of a Jordanian, Zaid Alas and a Syrian, Isah Jabour. The duo were released after a ransom of N120 million was paid to the terrorists.
The group is also responsible for the kidnap of several staff members of Mothercat Construction and the Magajin Garin of Daura in Katsina State.
The group also threatened Triacta LTD, demanding for a yearly tribute of N50 million so that expatriates working for the company will not be kidnapped.
“A total of 204 rounds of AK47 Live ammunitions, military uniforms, operational vehicles including a Volkswagen Golf car, drugs and foodstuff meant to be conveyed to their gang members in the bush, and charms were recovered from the suspects. Investigation continues. Serious efforts are in progress to arrest the remaining members,” a police source said.
One of the arrested terrorists, Shaibu from Katsina said he was trained to treat battle wounds of fellow members when they went for operations. He added that he was promised financial incentives.
He said he fought in Libya with the Terrorists group against the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, where he earned N50,000 every 90 days
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