SSS parades 18-yr-old dropout, another suspect over Jaji bombings

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The State Security Service (SSS) yesterday paraded two suspects held in connection with the twin suicide bomb attacks on St. Andrews Protestant Military Church located in the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State on November 27, 2012.

The suspects, 18-year-old Ibrahim Mohammed (a.k.a. Alilullah) and Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, 50, were arrested in Kaduna by operatives of the SSS during a raid on their hideout yesterday.

Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS, Ms. Marilyn Ogar, who paraded the suspects before newsmen said the 18-year-old Mohammed confessed to being indoctrinated into the Boko Haram sect by Bashir Madalla.

The suspect also said that Madalla trained him in the use of fire arms and the production/priming of Improvised Explosive Devices. Madalla was killed during an exchange of fire with security agents last year.

According to the suspect, the Jaji attack was carried out by one Tasiu and Mallam Lawal who assumed the leadership of the sect in Kaduna upon the death of Madalla. Tasiu and Lawal died in the suicide bomb attacks.

The teenage suspect stated further that he accompanied the two suicide bombers to the gate of Command and Staff College on the day of the attack.

He also confessed that he was the one sent to bring the fertilizer used in priming a Toyota Matrix, one of the two cars used in the bomb attack.

The suspect, who is from a town in the South West, claimed to be a student in a secondary school before he dropped out at junior secondary level on the prompting of a certain Mallam Abdulhamid, an Islamic cleric, who told him that western education is evil.

The other suspect, Mohammed Idris, claimed to be a yam hawker in his native Jalingo, Taraba State before he was recruited and indoctrinated by a fellow yam hawker named Lawal in August 2012.

According to Idris, it was Lawal who relocated him to Kaduna and gave him a two- bedroom flat in Rafin Guza area. The apartment also served as the sect’s operational base.

Idris, who served as motivational preacher and father figure for the sect members, also conducted surveillance on selected targets using yam hawking as decoy. He is married with four children.

Ogar said the two suspects would be handed over to the military authorities for further investigation, adding that other suspects arrested in connection with the Jaji attack were still being investigated.

“While appreciating the inestimable cooperation of Nigerians in the war against perpetrators of evil, the service wishes to re-assure members of the public of the collective resolve of the security agencies to bring to an end the activities of unpatriotic elements and restore peace, security and harmony to our dear country”, Ogar affirmed.


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