DSS Arrests Terror Suspects In Abuja As US Orders Employees Departure

Operatives of the Department of State Services operatives have arrested two terror suspects in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

They were arrested on Monday when the DSS operatives stormed the Trademore Estate

It was gathered that the security agents shut the entrance and exit gates of the estate while the operation lasted.

The two suspects, who were said to be siblings, were taken into custody on an allegation of terrorism.

This happened less than 24 hours after the United States and the United Kingdom warned of a possible terror attack in Abuja.

According to residents of Trademore Estate, the operation was carried out by the DSS and some foreign security operatives.

A message on the Estate’s Whatsapp platform seen on Wednesday by CHECKPOINTCHARLEY urged residents to be vigilant and ensure they know their neighbours.

It partly read, “It’s no longer news that there was a high-powered sting operation in Phase 3 this afternoon, culminating in a complete shutdown of our estate. A combination of the American Army and our DSS team were responsible.

“We are unable to give full details of the reason(s) behind the operation; however, we can confirm that there was an allegation of terrorist activities. It is therefore desperately incumbent on every resident to remain vigilant, know your neighbours and report any suspicious movement, person or activities to the exco, street reps and/or the police.

‘’We will continue to do our utmost best to keep the estate safe for all of us. Everyone is responsible for security and there should be no iota of abdication of this responsibility.”

When contacted, the Chairman of the Estate, Adewale Adenaike, confirmed the security operation but declined further comment.

However, the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, had yet to comment on the arrest.

Meanwhile, the US in an advisory on Tuesday said, the Department authorised the departure of non-emergency US government employees and family members due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.

“The US Embassy Abuja continues to have limited ability to provide emergency assistance to US citizens in Nigeria. The US Consulate in Lagos is providing all routine and emergency services to US citizens in Nigeria.”

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