The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has announced the arrest of the father of alleged co-mastermind of the Nyanya bombing, Agene Ogwuche, a retired colonel, for breaching the bond he signed for his son’s bail in 2012.
This is coming a day after Owuche’s son, Abubakar Sadiq Ogwuche, a deserter who served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army in Lagos between 2001-2006, was arrested in Sudan through the collaborative efforts of Interpol, DSS, the Nigeria Police and the Military Attaché to the Nigerian High Commission in Sudan.
The young British-born Oguwche, who is presently awaiting extradition back home to face charges, was first arrested on November 12, 2011 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from the UK on terrorism related charges but was released on bail to his father on October 15, 2012, following intense pressure from human rights activists who alleged human rights violation.
Spokesperson for the DSS, Marylyn Ogar, said during the daily media briefing by the National Information Centre at the National Orientation Agency in Abuja, that “the elder Ogwuche was taken in because he breached the bond, which he signed while taking his son’s bail in 2012”.
Also speaking on the arrest, police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said the retired military colonel would be made to answer for his inability to meet the bail bond which he signed pledging to produce his son when needed for questioning.
Over 200 lives were lost in two separate attacks on Nyanya motor-park and more than 120 others sustained various degrees of injuries.