Sect ‘kills 2,053 civilians in six months, Police arrest Boko Haram kingpin
The police recorded a major breakthrough yesterday in the battle against insurgents, with two arrests.
INTERPOL, yesterday, repatriated the suspected mastermind of the April 14 Nyanyan, Abuja bus station bombing from Sudan where he allegedly fled after the blast which killed no fewer than 71 people.
Police spokesman Frank Mba said Ogwuche was handed over to the Interpol Unit by the Sudanese authorities. Mba added that the suspect was flown into the country on a special flight from Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. The plane landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 3.00pm.
The statement said: “Following the conclusion of tortuous legal and diplomatic processes between Nigeria and the Republic of Sudan, the co-mastermind of the Nyanya Motor Park bombing in which scores of citizens died and hundreds wounded, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, was Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 extradited to the country from Sudan where he had taken refuge.
“It will be recalled that the terror fugitive who had long since been arrested in Sudan following an international red notice issued for his arrest by the Nigeria National Bureau of Interpol, had not been repatriated to the country before now due to some necessary processes involved in transferring suspects from one country to another.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, while commending the personnel of the Nigeria Police Interpol Unit for a job well done, noted that the successful repatriation of the terror fugitive to Nigeria shows that the global coalition against terrorism championed by Nigeria is beginning to yield the desired result.”
Mba, also yesterday, said the police arrested Boko Haram “chief butcher” Mohammed Zakari, on Darazo-Baasrika road in Bauchi State. The 30-year-old suspect was arrested on Saturday while fleeing security bombardment at the Balmo forest in Bauchi.
“The suspect, who hails from Kaigamari Village, Daptchari in Darazo Local Government Area, Bauchi State is the self-styled ‘chief butcher’ of the insurgent group at the Balmo forest camp and is linked with the recent slaughter of seven people, including women and children.
“The suspect who investigation reveals was tutored in the art of insurgency at Gombe Forest under the leadership of a fleeing insurgent, one Abba Taura and moved to Balmo Forest only three months ago, is discovered to have actively participated in the April attack against Customs officers at Kari Town, along Maiduguri Road, Bauchi State.
“Findings as well as disclosures from the suspect will assist the law enforcement agencies in tracking down some other members of the terror cell,” the statement added. The police have called on residents in the affected areas in the state to be on the look out for any suspicious or strange character fleeing from Balmo Forest.
The police also sought for the understanding and support of members of the public in the counter terrorism campaign embarked upon by the security agencies.