The United States of America has commended the Department of State Services (DSS), for blocking a planned attack on its embassy in Abuja.
On Wednesday, the DSS revealed that it had foiled plans by a deadly ISIS-linked Boko Haram terrorist gang that had planned to attack the United States of America, the United Kingdom and other western interests in Nigeria.
The security agency also said the masterminds had been arrested.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo, the secret police said it prevented the “fatal attacks between the 25th and 26th March, 2017, halting the malevolent gangs based in Benue State and the FCT, from striking.”
“During the operation to thwart this plan, five (5) key suspects, namely: Isa JIBRIL, Jibril JIBRIL, Abu Omale JIBRIL, Halidu SULE and Amhodu SALIFU, were arrested. Earlier, on 22nd March, 2017, at Fika, Yobe State, a 20 year old Boko Haram member, Adamu DATTI was arrested. He confessed his involvement in executing the sinister activities of the group.”
Reacting, Press Attache, US mission, Russell Brooks, said: “The U.S. Embassy appreciates the work of DSS and Nigerian security forces in fighting terrorism and keeping citizens and residents safe. Nigeria and the U.S. continue to have a strong partnership in countering violent extremism.”