Attack on Buhari: Military arrests suspected ‘mastermind’

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Jul 26th, 2014
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•IG sets up panel to investigate  blasts

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday announced the capture of a man it described as the mastermind of Wednesday’s  botched suicide attack on  former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

The suspect was arrested at the scene  of the blast in Kaduna  dressed like a woman.

His true sex was established  only after  his arrest.

He is already being interrogated, the Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement.

Inspector-General of Police   Mohammed Abubakar   yesterday  ordered a probe into the  bomb blasts in Kaduna  which has so far claimed over 100 lives.

The ‘mastermind’ according to Gen.Olukolade  was apprehended by  the military patrol team that swooped on the area immediately after the explosion.

He said the suspect  ”had disguised as a woman clad in female garb to exude femininity with a brazier affixed to his chest.

“The suspect was arrested while trying to fizzle into a crowd of onlookers when the patrol team arrived the scene.

“Youths in the area attempted to mob him while he was being arrested, but were restrained by troops who quickly whisked him away in an armoured personnel carrier.

He is currently being interrogated by security agencies in a bid to ascertain his links.”

The Nation gathered   the State Security Service (SSS) is  handling the investigation of the suspect  in Kaduna.

“One bend of the ongoing probe is that the man is suspected to have remotely controlled the IEDs used to attack Buhari’s convoy,”  one source  said.

The source said he might   be transferred to Abuja for further questionning  .

Police anti-bomb and forensic experts    are already analyzing the remains of IEDs  recovered from the scenes of the twin explosions.

The second blast was apparently targeted at the popular Islamic preacher,Sheick Dahiru Bauchi.

Another source said: “The police are handling the comprehensive investigation into the incident based on orders from President Goodluck Jonathan who personally assured Buhari that security agencies will get to the root of the explosion.

“Some of the recovered items are going through forensic examination in order to verify some suspected links.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar  yesterday  instituted a probe into the  bomb blasts .

The  panel, headed by  the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Department, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu, is  expected to work in close collaboration with other security agencies.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba,  named the other members of the committee as DCP Chris Ezike of the Federal SARS; DCP Dan Mallam of the Monitoring Unit ;and DCP Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi of the Interpol Unit.

The IGP also ordered that security be beefed up across the states, especially  states perceived to be more vulnerable to terror attacks.

The IGP appealed to Nigerians, particularly Kaduna residents to remain calm and enjoined the citizenry to cooperate with the security agencies by providing them with relevant information.

Also yesterday, the Kano State police command  promised to put in place adequate security ahead of the Eid-Fitr festival.

The  arrangement includes stop and search of vehicles,police spokesman , ASP Magaji Musa Majiya said.

He advised worshippers attending Eid grounds to  avoid “taking unnecessary objects other than their praying mats.”

He said: “People attending recreation centre and places of gatherings during the Sallah celebration  should be extra careful by taking cognizance of people and objects around, with a view to report any suspicious move to security agencies .

“Parents and guardians should accompany their children with adult to guide them throughout the festivities . This will checkmate the rampant cases of missing children.”

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC)  is deploying 50,000 troops and counterterrorism units, including special forces, a nuclear, biological chemical and radioactive squad and “sniffer dogs” across the country ahead of the Sallah.

Emmanuel Okeh,  spokesman for  the organisation  said personnel  will patrol gathering spots, highways and other “strategic places.”


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