Nyanya blasts: DSS parades five suspects

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The Department of State Security (DSS) has paraded five suspects allegedly linked to the April 14 bomb blasts at Nyanya, on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory in which over 75 persons were killed and over 100 injured.

 

The DSS has also placed a N25 million reward on two fleeing suspects, Rufai Abubakar Tsiga and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche who were alleged to have masterminded the attack.

 

At a joint security briefing, held at the headquarters of the DSS yesterday, spokesperson of the DSS, Ms. Marilyn Ogar said Tsiga, assisted by Ogwuche, drove the explosive laden car to the scene of the blasts a day to the incident.

 

He was said to have left the car at the Nyanyan bus station and went back to detonate the explosives in the early morning of April 14.

 

The DSS said Tsiga used to run a decoy patent medicine kiosk at Utako area in the federal capital city, from where he allegedly recruited other sect members who disguised as his apprentices.

 

Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche was described as a British born Nigerian from Benue State who was in November 2011, arrested at the Abuja airport on his arrival from the United Kingdom, in connection with terrorism.

 

Ogar, however, said Ogwuche was released on bail to his retired Colonel father, Agene Ogwuche in October 2012 following intense pressure from the human rights community who alleged violation of his human rights.

 

The DSS added that the fleeing Ogwuche deserted the Nigerian Army in 2006 after serving in the Intelligence Unit of the Army at the Arakan Barracks, Lagos.

 

He was said to have absconded when he was posted to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Jaji, Kaduna State in 2006. Ogar gave his service number as SVC 95/104.

 

Ogwuche is said to be studying Arabic language at the International University of Africa, Sudan.

 

The other five suspects in the custody of the DSS and paraded were: Ahmad Rufai Abubakar, (43); Muhammadu Sani Ishaq, (30); Yau Saidu, (28); Adamu Yusuf, (43); and Anas Isah, (22).

 

They all confessed to having played different roles in preparations leading to the bombing of the Abuja bus station.

Also at yesterday’s briefing were: Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade; Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye; and Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba.