Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: SSS Parades Masterminds of Jaji Bombing

The State Security Service (SSS) yesterday recorded a breakthrough in the investigations into last year's bombing of a military church in Jaji, Kaduna State when they paraded two Boko Haram suspects.

Briefing journalists on the development, the organisation's deputy director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, said the suspects: Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Alilullah, 18, an indigene of Ilobu village in Ilobu Local Government Area of Osun State, and Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, 50, were both arrested in Kaduna State following a thorough investigation that was initiated by the service and the military.

Ogar disclosed that Ibrahim Mohammed was indoctrinated into the Boko Haram sect by one Bashir Madalla (late), who also trained him in the use of firearms and priming of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

She revealed that he participated actively in several attacks in Kaduna, including the attack on St. Rita's Catholic Church, Badarawa, Kaduna and St. Andrews Catholic in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

The deputy director explained that one Bashir Madalla (late) sent Mallam Lawal (late), one of the suicide bombers to Damaturu, Yobe State, to retrieve some military uniforms and weapons from the Boko Haram cell in Yobe.

Ogar noted that Lawal personally wore the military uniform with the rank of a captain, which afforded him free access into the military formation in Jaji.

She disclosed that the Jaji attack was carried out by one Tasiu and Mallam Lawal (both late), who assumed leadership of the sect in Kaduna following the death of Bashir Madalla.

"Lawal voluntered to carry out the Jaji suicide attack personally since no suitable person could be sourced for the assignment due to time constraint.

"Ibrahim Mohammed accompanied the two suicide bombers up to the gate where he bade them farewell," Ogar stressed.

She said Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, a yam hawker from Jalingo, Taraba State, was also indoctrinated into the sect's ideology by one Mallam Lawal, a fellow yam hawker in Jalingo in August 2012, after which he was relocated to Kaduna and given a two-bedroom flat in Rafin Guza, which served as the sect's operational base.

Ogar pointed out that Mohammed Ibrahim Idris served as a motivational preacher and a father figure for members of the sect. He also conducted surveillance on selected targets, using the cover of a yam hawker.

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