Po­lice ar­rest Abuja bomb­ings mas­ter­minds

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Solomon Arase yesterday said that two mas­ter­minds of the re­cent bomb­ings in Kuje and Nyanya in Abuja have been ar­rested.

The IGP stated this dur­ing a con­fer­ence with Strate­gic Po­lice Man­agers held at the force head­quar­ters in Abuja.

On 2nd Oc­to­ber mul­ti­ple sui­cide bomb­ings were car­ried out al­most at the same time in Nyanya and Kuje both sub­urbs of Abuja, killing about 20 peo­ple and in­jur­ing over 40 oth­ers.

The po­lice boss said they had ar­rested two terror el­e­ments that un­der­took the fa­tal op­er­a­tion. He gave their names as Ab­du­lazeez Mu­hazab and Isi­aka Sal­ihu.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the ar­rest of the sus­pects foiled another at­tempt by the ter­ror­ists to un­der­take another at­tack in the FCT.

Arase said 12 al­ready pre­pared and primed Home Made Ex­plo­sives (HME) con­cealed in 12 soft drink cans, 28 pieces of elec­tronic detonators and huge quan­ti­ties of Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vice (IED) mak­ing ma­te­ri­als were dis­cov­ered from them.

He said the sus­pects were aid­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into their broad terror net­work and would be brought to soon.

The po­lice boss also said five of the eight man gang that par­tic­i­pated in the kid­nap of for­mer Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion (SGF) Chief Olu Falae, have been ar­rested by the po­lice.

Arase said those ar­rested in­clude Abubakar Auta, Idris Lawan, Umar Ibrahim, Masaudu and Bello Tanu.

He noted that the sus­pects who op­er­ated a state-wide kid­nap ring were ar­rested at their hide­outs in Niger, Ek­iti and Ondo states.

“Items re­cov­ered from them in­clude the Ba­jaj mo­tor­cy­cle used to trans­port the vic­tim,

jus­tice cash sum of N823, 990 which was part of the ran­som al­legedly re­ceived,” Arase said.

He added that all the sus­pects had made con­fes­sional state­ments on the oper­a­tions and their in­di­vid­ual roles and be­ing charged in court in Akure, Ondo State.

Field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists, Arase said those two that were pa­raded be­fore the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice were part of that eight man gang.

Arase said he had writ­ten a let­ter to the DG SSS to say that they are ar­raign­ing those ar­rested in court, once they bring the other two peo­ple and amend the charges to ac­com­mo­date them.

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