His arrest alongside one of his associates, Saidu Suleiman came five days after an explosive device was detonated during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to commission some projects in Kogi.
The DSS revealed that Otaru is an ISWAP commander who had links with the numerous attacks in the state as well as the Kuje custodial centre invasion.
“The Service arrested Abdulmumin Ibrahim Otaru (aka Abu Mikdad) and one of his associates, Saidu SULEIMAN on January 3, 2023. Otaru sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape. He is currently receiving treatment at a health facility.
“The 5th July 2022 attack on Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje Area Council of the FCT; and
5th August 2022 attack on West African Ceramics Ltd in Ajaokuta LGA, Kogi in which three Indian expatriates were kidnapped.
“It would be recalled that five persons including one Indian, two Policemen, and two drivers of the company were also killed in the attack. The kidnapped expatriates were released on 31st August 2022.
“Otaru operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State. Similarly, he and his gang had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States. Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly, ” the statement added.
The Service noted further that it is working tirelessly with other sister security agencies to fight the menace of terrorism and other forms of criminality and threats to national security.