10 April 2016
The Department of State Service (DSS) has confirmed the arrest of one Mohammed Usman, also known as Khalid Al-Barnawi.
He’s been described as a founding member of the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid Da’wah Wa’l-Jihad (Boko Haram) and later the Amir of the break-away faction, Jama’at Ansarul Muslimim Fi Biladi Sudan (JAMBS).
Khalid Al-Barnawi was alleged to have masterminded the bombing of the United Nations (UN) building in Abuja on August 26, 2011 and also the attack on troops in Okene, Kogi State while in transit to Abuja.
According to the DSS, he was also responsible for the kidnapping of two European civil engineers in Kebbi State in May, 2011, and their subsequent murder in Sokoto State.
The DSS in an online statement by its spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, said Al-Barnawi is also known as Kafuri, Naziru, Alhaji Yahaya, Mallam Dauda and Alhaji Tanimu. It was noted that Khalid Al-Barnawi was apprehended by the service on the 1st of April 2016, in Lokoja, Kogi State, while hiding under a fake cover.
According to the DSS “Khalid AL-BARNAWI is a trained terrorist commander, who has been coordinating terrorist activities in Nigeria, while talent-spotting and recruiting vulnerable young and able Nigerians for terrorist training by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in North African States and the Middle-East”
Mr. Tony Opuiyo also explained that the subject would soon be charged to Court to face his charges after investigation is completed.
The U.S. Department of State designated al-Barnawi a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224 on June 21, 2012. In June 2013, the U.S. Department of State offered up to $5 million for information leading to al-Barnawi’s arrest.