Lagos said it had put a halt of Boko Haram plans for a coordinated series of attacks across the country during celebrations for the recent festical of Eid al-Adna.
Nigeria’s intelligence agency, the Department of State Services, said it had disrupted sinister planes to cause mayhem and destruction during the public holiday weekend last week. Boko Haram had planned to conduct gun attacks and suicide bombing on selected targets in the Federal Capital Terrtitory, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Yobe and Borno states.
The mastermind behind the planned attacks, identified as Husseini Mai-Tangaran, was arrested, leading to the detention of a number of others. The man is a well-known commander on the Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi-led fiction of Boko Haram, which is supported by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. He was also linked in the November 2014 attacks on the Kano central mosque, which killed over 120 citizens.
The arrest of the Boko Haram has been rare, since the abduction of over 100 young girls in Lagos, 2014. This incident led them to becoming more well-known and the DSS has established more intense force into finding them and arresting them without hurting the victims.
The Boko Haram leader, Khalid al-Barnawi, is currently on a pending case on charges of abducting and murdering foreign workers.