The federal government has announced the arrest of one of the alleged masterminds of the Nyanya bombing, Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, a soldier who served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army in Lagos for five years before deserting the Force in 2006.
Breaking the news on Wednesday, the director general of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mike Omeri, said the alleged terrorist was arrested in Sudan and is presently awaiting extradition back home to face charges.
“The arrest was through the collaborative efforts of Interpol, Directorate of State Service (DSS) Nigeria Police and the Military Attaché to the Nigerian High Commission in Sudan,” he announced.
Ogwuche, a British born Nigerian is a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan.
He was allegedly involved in terrorist activities which led to his arrest at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on November 12, 2011, on arrival from the UK, but he was released on bail to his father, Agene Ogwuche, a retired colonel, on October 15, 2012, following intense pressure from human rights activists who alleged violation of his rights.
On Monday, a sum of N25 million was placed on the head of Ogwuche and one Rufai Abubakar Tsiga, the alleged main brain behind the Nyanya attacks, and on Tuesday, Interpol issued an international warrant of arrest on him.
Spokesperson for the DSS, Marylyn Ogar, also paraded five other suspects whom she said had confessed to being privy to the plot to bomb Nyanya.
The suspects include Ahmad Abubakar (aka Abu Ibrahim/Mai Turare), Mohammed Ishaq, Yau Saidu (aka Kotar Rama) Anas Isah and Adamu Yusuf.