Nigeria Parades Suspected Bombers Of Jaji Military Baracks
18 year old Ibrahim Mohammed Alilullah of Ilobu village in
Ilobu LGA of Osun state and 50 year old yam hawker from Jalingo in Taraba state,
Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, were on Friday paraded by the Department of State
Security Service, SSS, as being part of the masterminds of the bomb attack at
St. Andrews Protestants Military Church in Jaji, Kaduna state, Northern Nigeria,
on the 27th of November, 2011.
The suspects who were arrested in Rafin Gusa, a suburb in Kaduna metropolis
confessed to being members of the Boko Haram sect. The teenager stated that he
was indoctrinated into the dreaded sect by Late Bashir Madalla who trained him
in the use of fire arms as well as production and priming of improvised
explosive devices, IEDs.
The youngster told journalists at the SSS Headquarters in Abuja that he was
introduced to the late sect leader by his Alfa, a muslim cleric who taught him
and other children Islamic studies in Kaduna state.
According to him, the Alfa, whose name he gave as Raji gave his phone number to
the late Boko Haram sect leader while he was visiting his parents at his home
town of Ilobu, Osun state. The leader, he further stated, requested that he
return to Kaduna that he had something for him to do. He complied and was picked
up by the cleric and the late sect leader to the late sect leader’s house in the
Alilullah also said that he only functioned as a courier to the sect before the
Jaji bomb attack. He said he used to pick up fertilizers and other equipment
needed by the sect leader in bomb manufacturing. He also takes monies to some of
the sect’s suppliers for goods delivered to the group.
In the course of responding to questions from the newsmen, Alilullah admitted
being part of the group that attacked St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Badarawa, also
in Kaduna state and St. Andrews Church in AFCSC, Jaji, Kaduna state.
On the Jaji attack, Alilullah, a junior secondary school drop out who spoke in
fluent Yoruba language said that the late Bashir Madalla sent Late Mallam Lawal,
one of the bombers who rammed one of the cars used in the operation into the
church, to Damaturu, Yobe state to retrieve some military uniforms and weapons
from a Boko Haram sect cell in Yobe.
He stated that Late Mallam Lawal personally wore the military uniform with the
rank of Captain which afforded free access into the military formation in Jaji.
Lawal it was who assumed leadership of the sect’s unit following the death of
On his part, the 50 year old father of four daughters, Idris, told newsmen that
he was recruited by Mallam Lawal who used to be a yam hawker like himself, in
Jalingo sometime in August, 2012. Lawal later relocated him to Kaduna state and
secured a two bedroom apartment for them at Rafin Guza which served as the
sect’s safe house and operational base.
He said that one of the vehicles used in the Jaji attack, a Toyota Matrix, was
primed by the youngster, Alilullah and the late Mallam Lawal in the apartment.
He also said he was responsible for conducting surveillance on selected targets
using the cover of a yam hawker.
The Deputy Director of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, while appreciating the
inestimable cooperation of Nigerians in the war against the perpetrators of
terror, reassured the public of the collective resolve of security agencies to
bring to an end the activities of unpatriotic elements and restore peace,
security and harmony to the nation.
She also stated that some of the suspects apprehended alongside the duo are
still being investigated, said paraded suspects would be handed over to the
military whose facilities were attacked, for further investigations.