Following the bombings at the INEC office, Suleja on 8th April, 2011 and the All Christians Fellowship Church, Suleja, Niger State on 10th July, 2011, this Service commenced investigation to unravel the perpetrators.
2. Consequently, on 4th August, 2011, a suspect who is a Nigerienne national, was apprehended in connection with the bombing incident in Suleja. He confessed to his involvement in the bombings as well as his membership of the Boko Haram sect. His confession led to the arrest of a thirty-one (31) year old indigene of Imo State who converted to Islam in 2003. The second suspect, who is born of a Nigerienne mother, was brought up in Niger Republic, where he had his early education. He also admitted to being a member of the Boko Haram sect as well as having worked in concert with a third suspect from Kano State to carry out attacks in Suleja. Their confessions led to further arrest of two accomplices from Borno State.
3. The five (5) suspects all confessed that the main supplier of the explosive materials used for their bombing operations is a miner from Nasarawa State who the Service eventually arrested on 30th August, 2011. They also confessed that they took part in the killing of four (4) policemen at a check-point at Dakwa-Deidei in Bwari Area Council of the FCT on 22ndMay, 2011.
4. Investigation has indeed revealed that the suspects belong to the Boko Haram cell operating in the Suleja-Abuja axis which is under the direction and control of a blood-thirsty Boko Haram leader who is now at large. Meanwhile, a non-descript building where the Improvised Explosive Devices (I.E.Ds) are assembled has been uncovered at an area popularly known as Chechnya, Hayin-Uku village in Tafa LGA, Niger State. Among items recovered in the merchandize of death are:
i. One (1) gas cylinder;
ii. One battery connected to a detonator;
iii. Two (2) damaged detonators;
iv. One (1) locally made revolver;
v. One (1) gun butt;
vi. Two (2) knives;
vii. Ten (10) GSM handsets with SIM cards;
viii. One (1) ceiling fan coil;
ix. Two (2) laptop computers;
x. Thirty seven (37) unused metallic oil filters;
xi. Two (2) metallic filters primed for bombing;
xii. Two (2) metallic cylinders;
xiii. One (1) clock connected to a primed bladeless ceiling fan with 9 volts batteries ready for use;
xiv. Some pieces of shrapnel;
xv. Honda Civic car with Borno State registration number AG94MNG;
xvi. Two hundred (200) pieces of detonators;
xvii. Some detonating cords (red colour);
xviii. A Sony remote control
xix. five (5) battery chargers; and
xx. a black bag containing detonating cables.
5. In effect the six suspects are responsible for the following:
- The bombing of INEC office Suleja;
- Bombing of All Christian Fellowship Church Suleja; and
- The killing of four (4) Policemen at Dakwa-Deidei in the FCT.
The suspects will soon be charged to court.
6. The Service is therefore calling on all Nigerians to be more security conscious and vigilant, while urging the general public to cooperate with security agencies.
M. OGAR, msi
Assistant Director, Public Relations
Department of State Services, Abuja