The Department of State Services, DSS, has paraded a university lecturer, Dr. Muhammad Nazeef Yunus, who allegedly acts as recruitment coordinator for the Boko Haram sect, just as the state security aborted a plot to launch violent attacks in Igalaland, Kogi State.
The DSS paraded four other suspected members of the terror group alongside Yunus whom it described as the Spiritual Leader and Recruitment Coordinator of the sect.
Dr. Yunus, was until his arrest, an assistant lecturer in the Department of Islamic Studies, Kogi State University, Ayingba in Kogi State. He was also said to be a key member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Department of State Service, Marilyn Ogar, who paraded the suspects said their plot was botched when two members of the sect who were on their way to Borno State for training in weapons handling were arrested at Zuba, on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
According to Ogar, “the determination of security forces to rid Nigeria of all acts of terror has continued to yield favourable results as this Service uncovered a Boko Haram cell in KogiState.
The DSS said the don was well-read and taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the university but was using that as a cover up to engage in sinister motives.
Other alleged members of the sect paraded were Umar Musa, Head of Operations/Instructor; Munzir Mustapha Yusuf, a.k.a Habib, Armourer/Chief courier; Ismail Abdulazeez, foot soldier and Ibrahim Isa, a.k.a ‘One in town’ another foot soldier.
All the paraded suspects, apart from the varsity lecturer, took time to explain to the media the level of their involvement in the Boko Haram insurgency and the plan to attack Igala.
However, Yunus denied knowledge of the planned attacks even as one of the suspects said he joined the group in May and was employed by the sect on a salary of N50,000 per month.
According to Yunus: “My Islamic preaching had always been against the activities of the Boko Haram sects, but I was shocked when the other suspects insisted that I was a member and the one that recruited them into the sect. I have never been a member of Boko Haram for one minute in my life, I even preach against them,” he said.
One of the suspects, Mustapha Yusuf who was allegedly trained at Sambisa camp in Maiduguri, Borno State said the university lecturer appointed him as the armourer and chief courier of the group and handed two AK-47 rifles with 30 rounds of live ammunition to me for safe keeping after I returned to Kogi State shortly after military invasion of our camp in Borno State”.
The other two foot soldiers also confessed that Dr. Yunus indoctrinated them into the Boko Haram sect by preaching to them when they approached him to help them secure admission into the KogiStateUniversity, Ayingba.
The DSS spokeswoman in her briefing then enjoined all Nigerians to be vigilant. She said: “We want to enjoin all Nigerians to be vigilant and continue to cooperate with security agencies through the provision of useful information of suspicious activities within their immediate environment.
The war on terror is still on. This Service in collaboration with other security agencies will not rest on their oars until we rid our society of all criminality. We must all remember that we are not terrorists, we are Nigerians.” Ogar urged parents who send their children for Islamic teaching after school, to be very careful of the people they choose as their teachers.
She said they should take time to investigate the teachings so as to ensure that their children were not being taught what the parents did not practice.