The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has arrested two Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) commanders in Kukuntu village, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
According to the DSS, the names of the suspects are Rufai Sajo and Bashiru Adams.
A DSS statement issued by Tony Opuiyo on Thursday reveals the suspects were arrested back on May 5 after special operations on identified targets.
The statement comes three days after UK Sun reported that ISIS leaders were sneaking “battle-hardened extremists” from Syria into Nigeria.
Opuiyo said that in a related operation on April 28, the service also arrested one Umar Dogo, a suspected member of Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) at Muda Lawal Market in Bauchi.
He said the suspects were discovered to have concluded plans to perpetuate the ideals of the group in the area and, in collaboration with Boko Haram, carry out heinous violent attacks on innocent persons.
The operative also said following intelligence reports, two experts in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Adamu Hassan, aka Bale, and Abubakr Abubakar aka Alhaji or Buba, were arrested.
He said two other members of Boko Haram, Mohammed Saleh, aka Azrak and Iliyasu Abubakar, aka Ruwa, were also arrested on April 12 and 19 at Gassol and Ardo local government areas of Taraba.
Opuiyo said in furtherance of the service`s operation, two members of the dreaded Basalube kidnap group, Usman, aka Siddi and Ibrahim Muhammed, aka Ganaja, were arrested on June 17 at Karu village in Abuja.
He said during one of the operations, one of the group’s members, Tambaya Umar was arrested on April 24 at Odigie village, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo.
Opuiyo said Umar was arrested alongside Ibrahim Ali, Abubakar Mohammed, Aliyu Manu and Umar Mohammed for their complicity in the group’s numerous criminal acts.
He said that on March 27, the service also arrested five members of a kidnap syndicate at Calabar.
The suspects are Simeon Paul, Emmanuel Etim, Eric Out, Famous Oleke and Felix Eshet.