19 January 2013

Nigeria: SSS Parades 2 Jaji Blast Suspects

The State Security Service (SSS) yesterday paraded two people in connection with the twin blasts at the St. Andrew Protestant Church in Jaji, military containment Kaduna November 2012.

Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, who paraded the suspects at a media briefing in Abuja, said the suspects, Ibrahim Mohammed, a.k.a Alilullah, 18 and Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, 50 may have a hand in the blasts.

She said investigation carried out by the service in collaboration with the military led to the arrest of some suspected masterminds of the attack including them.

Mohammed and Idris will be immediately handed to the military, while investigation was on-going to establish the involvement of the others, she said.

She said Mohammed has confessed to have been initiated into the Boko Haram sect by one late Bashir Madalla, who trained him in the use of fire arms as well as the production of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

"He has participated actively in several attacks in Kaduna including the attacks on St. Rita's Catholic Church, Badarawa, and St. Andrews Church AFCSC, Jaji.

"Bashir Madalla (late) sent Malam Lawal (late), one of the suicide bombers to Damaturu, Yobe State to retrieve some military uniforms and weapons from the Boko Haram cell.

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

"Mohammed accompanied the two suicide bombers up to the gate of where he bade them farewell," she said.

Ogar said the suspects confessed that one Tasiu and Lawal, both dead, carried out Jaji attack, adding that the second suspect, Idris, a yam seller, who hails from Jalingo in Taraba State, confessed to have been indoctrinated into the ideology of the sect in 2012, by Lawal, and that Idris confessed to have been relocated to Kaduna by Lawal and was given two-bed room flat in Rafin Guza area which served as the sect's operational base.

"The Toyota Matrix, one of the vehicles used in the Jaji attack on November 27 , 2012 was primed by Mohammed (first suspect) and Lawal in his residence.

"He served as a motivational preacher and father figure for members of the sect as well as conduct surveillance on selected targets using the cover of a yam hawker," she said.

Mohammed, an indigene of Ilubo village, Osun State and a JSS3 school dropout admitted that he procured the fertilizer used in priming a Toyota Matrix car for the bombing of Jaji.

Mohammed, who spoke through an interpreter, said one Abdulhameed, his Islamic teacher in Kaduna lured him into the sect.

He said initially he was averse to the activities of the sect which culminated to the death of innocent people, but all that changed when he became a member.

Asked how much he was paid to participate in the Jaji bombing, he said he got no pay except occasional N5, 000 feeding allowance being provided for him and Idris by the late Lawal and other members of the sect.

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