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ISWAP commander involved in Kogi bombing nabbed: SSS

The State Security Service on Wednesday announced that it had arrested suspected masterminds of the Kogi bombing incident which killed four persons during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state.

On December 29, explosive devices were detonated near the palace of the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland’s palace, just moments before Mr Buhari was due to commission projects in the area.

Many people were also wounded in the explosion.

Providing an update, SSS spokesman Peter Afunnaya in a statement said the suspected mastermind, Abdulmumin Ibrahim-Otaru (aka Abu Mikdad) and one of his associates, Saidu Suleiman, had allegedly launched the attack with a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in Okene.

He said the duo were arrested on Tuesday in Kogi.

Mr Otaru sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape but “he is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed health facility,” Mr Afunnaya noted.

“During investigations, it was ascertained that Otaru was a high commander of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and either coordinated or was involved in the dastardly operations that include the June 24, 2022 attack on Nigeria Police Area Command, Eika-Ohizenyi, Okehi LGA of Kogi State. 

“Unfortunately, a Police Inspector, Idris Musa, was killed and two AK-47 rifles were carted away in that attack.

“It would be recalled that five (5) persons including one Indian, two Policemen and two (2) drivers of the company were also killed in the attack, while the kidnapped expatriates were only released on Aug 31, 2022. 

“Otaru operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State and with his gang, had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States.

“With the suspects in our custody, they will be prosecuted accordingly,” the secret police spokesman said.

While assuring that the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly, Mr Afunnaya reiterated the Service’s commitment to the safety of the nation. 

He assured: “We will work assiduously with stakeholders, including sister security agencies, to tackle the menace of terrorism and other forms of criminality and threats to national security.”

The service image maker, however, called on citizens to support it and other law enforcement organisations with relevant information and all the necessary cooperation required to achieve a peaceful Nigeria. 

(NAN)

Source: GazetteNGR

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