Mastermind of Madalla Christmas Day Bombing Arrested in Borno State Govt Lodge Abuja

Written by Alaba Johnson (Reporter for NaijaPundit) on 15 January 2012.

Mastermind of Madalla Christmas Day Bombing Arrested in Borno State Govt Lodge Abuja in Company of Serving Military Officer!

The Nigerian Police arrested yesterday  the alleged mastermind of the St. Theresa's Church , Madalla, Christmas Day Bombing attack in which over 40 people died. The suspect, believed to be a member of the dreaded Islamic terrorist sect, Boko Haram, was arrested at the Borno
State's Governor's lodge in the posh Asokoro district of Abuja.

The suspect, Kabir Sokoto, was picked up in the company of a serving military officer whose name was not immediately disclosed. The two suspects were being interrogated by the police as at the time if filing thus report.

It could be recalled that President Jonathan had alerted the ation to the fact that Boko Haram had infiltrated all arms of government including the security services.

Said the President exactly a week ago "“Some of them (Boko Haram) are in the executive arm of government, some of them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government while some of them are even in the judiciary. Some are also in the armed forces, the police and other security agencies. Some continue to dip their hands and eat with you and you won’t even know the person who will point a gun at you or plant a bomb behind your house."

Nigeria had her blackest Christmas ever when terrorist from the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, exploded a bomb on Christmas day at St. Theresa's church Madalla, Niger state which killed over 40 people with many still in hospital.

The events leading up to the arrest of Kabir Sokoto was described by a source thus  “Following a tip-off, the suspect was arrested early on Saturday morning while in hiding at the Liaison Office in Abuja . He was said to be in transit to London .

“For weeks, we have been working on clues that the suspect was one of the masterminds of the Christmas Day bombing.

“He is  being interrogated by a special team of senior officers on how St. Theresa’s Catholic Church bombing was perpetrated.

“The interrogation may also involve other security agencies since a serving military officer was with him when he was picked up.

“The IGP has submitted a preliminary brief to President Goodluck Jonathan on the latest arrest. The suspects are being kept in a police detention facility.

 “The suspect left Maiduguri on Friday via Kaduna . On getting to Kaduna , he sought the assistance of a military officer to provide him escort to Abuja to catch a flight to London . Aware that the security agencies had been on his trail, he could not get a safe place to sleep. He decided to go to Borno Governor’s Lodge to seek assistance to sleep overnight as an indigene of the state.

Oblivious to the fact that he was a Boko Haram member, the Permanent Secretary in charge of the lodge decided to be magnanimous to give him free accommodation for a night. But intelligence agents trailing the suspect on the phone succeeded in tracing him to the lodge through a GPRS device.

This led to the storming of the Lodge in the early hours of Saturday leading to the arrest of the serving military officer and some staff on duty. “But after interaction with the staff of the Lodge, they were released by the police on bail pending the conclusion of a comprehensive investigation.

In addition to this,  a serving governor in one of the northern states is being investigated over his alleged sponsorship of Boko Haram and only his immunity has orevented his arrest as a Special Investigation Panel (SIP) has been convened to confront him with the facts about his activities.

 Several other top politicians from the north are also said to be under security watch  over their relationship with the group.

Some of them have reportedly fled to Niger Republic. Curiously, when the Federal Government announced a closure of the border with Niger Republic, Malam Bashir Yusuf, a member of the Northern Elders Political Forum took to publicly condemning the government while indicating that that action was unfair to Niger Republic leading to many Nigerians asking where his loyalties lay.

This is even as Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka said that those who lost out of power in the last elections are behind the recent spate of attacks. Professor made this allegation in a BBC interview (click here for the BBC interview) and also restated what he said yesterday during a live TV interview on Sahara TV, where he stated that those who feel it is their birth right to rule have now found themselves shut out of power unexpectedly and the current spate of insecurity is their response to their fate.

Also, the intensity of hatred shown by some  prominent opponents of the regime of President Jonathan has led to them discarding all sense of decency and insulting the President openly thus showing their disdain for him.




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