By Matthew Onah and Michael Olugbode
The State Security Service (SSS) Tuesday, aborted what could have been a bloody attack on the Yola metropolis in Adamawa State, by members of Boko Haram, when the SSS raided the sect’s safe house in the area, seizing huge quantities of Improvised Explosive Devises (IED), and other materials the sect used in manufacturing bombs.
This also coincided with another feat by the Joint Task Force (JTF), which killed four suspected armed robbers in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
But Adamawa State Director of the SSS, Mr. Olugbenga Jayeoba, who told journalists in Yola, after they raided the safe house, said the SSS had mounted surveillance on suspected members of the sect for the past two weeks before finally raiding the safe house to abort the attack before it was carried out.
Jayeoba said one of the suspected members of the sect, Abubakar Yola, was trailed to his house located at Wuro-Jabbe in the Yola metropolis, where the SSS recovered about 20 bombs, huge cache of equipment used in making bombs and over 50 kilogrammes of ammonium nitrate, and 20 wraps of phosphorous.
Other equipments seized from the safe house included sophisticated electronic devices and electrical appliances, used in manufacturing bombs.
He stated that although the suspect escaped leaving behind his wife and son, the SSS was on his trail and assured that the suspect would soon be tracked down and arrested.
Jayeoba said with the quantity of bombs recovered from the safe house of the sect, Yola metropolis would have been devastated if not for the preventive measures of the security agencies and appealed to the public to avail security agencies more information and cooperation to enable them operate more efficiently.
The sources further revealed that the sect had targeted Yola metropolis for an attack on Friday, before the security agencies raided one of their safe houses early
When contacted, the leader of the Police Bomb Disposal Squad, Mr. Philip Izegbe, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), who was called by the SSS to render the bombs safe, said he was surprised by the sophistication of the materials used in manufacturing the bombs.
Meanwhile, Spokesman of the JTF in Borno State, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, revealed in a press statement.
He said: “Following a tip off, the JTF raided a hideout of suspected Boko Haram sect at Pompomari, Maiduguri metropolis.”
He said during the clampdown, a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect member was killed and an AK 47 rifle and some IED materials were recovered. He disclosed that the incident happened at about 5:30 am.
The task force spokesman equally revealed that about 3:30am Tuesday during a cordon and search of Wulari area, another part of the town, 13 suspected sect members were arrested.
Musa said the task force has resumed investigations on the arrested suspected sect members to determine their level of involvement in act of terrorism.
In a similar development, Musa said at about 0218 hours, the task force responded to distressed calls from Gomari area of the town, during which they engaged some robbers in shootout that led to the killing of three robbers. He said recovered from them include a locally made pistol, a Dane gun and three machetes.