Abuja Bombings: Police nab masterminds
Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase declared Tuesday that the Police in Abuja has arrested two terror elements (suspects) in connection with the Oct. 2nd bombings in Nyanya and Kuje, FCT that left 20 persons dead and 41 others injured.
The IGP also made the disclosure that the Police arrested five of the eight man gang that kidnapped Chief Olu Falae noting that they were arrested at their hideouts in Niger, Ekiti and Ondo states with items used for the operation including the sum of N823,000 being part of the ransom paid.
Speaking at the coneference he held with DIG’s, AIG’s and Command CP’s at Force headquarters, the IGP said, “The suspects include Abdulazeez Muhazab 27yrs old from Kogi state and Isiaka Salihu 25 years old also from Kogi state”.
He revealed that the arrest of the suspects foiled another attempt by the terrorists to undertake another attack in the FCT.
“Recovered from them were 12 already prepared and primed Home Made Explosives (HME) concealed in 12 soft drinks cans, 28 pieces of electric detonators and huge quantities of IED making materials.
“The suspects are aiding detailed police investigations into their broad terror network and will be brought to deserved justice in earnest’, the IGP said.
Regarding Falae’s kidnap, the IGP said, the suspects had been taken to Akure where they will be charged to court.
He gave their names as Abubakar Auta, Idris Lawan, Umar Ibrahim, Masahudu Muhammed, and Bello Tanu
Asked if the two suspects paraded by the Department of State Service (DSS) regarding same abduction allegation on Monday were part of the eight, the IG said, he had communicated the DG DSS to accommodate the two suspects in the prosecution because police investigation has confirmed they were part of the gang that kidnapped Chief Falae.
“With the money we recovered which is part of the ransom, it is sufficient evidential prove that we have the actual mastermind in our custody, that is why we are proceeding to prosecution.
The IGP noted that the conference was summoned to review police strategies in tackling crime as well as preparations towards the governorship elections scheduled for 21st Nov. 2015 in Kogi and 5th December, 2015 in Bayelsa state.