President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday confirmed the arrest of the masterminds of the two deadly bomb blasts that rocked Nyanya motor park, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the end of the 24th World Economic Forum for Africa, WEFA, held in Abuja, the president revealed that the suspects are currently helping the security agencies in their efforts to unmask their financiers.
Jonathan further disclosed that the Federal Government had earmarked $10 million as matching grant to the efforts by the international community to rescue the over 234 abducted girls of the Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, Chibok, Borno State.
The president said he had declared a total war on Boko Haram ‘’terror group’’ to rout it out of existence in the country, warning that anybody thinking that the spate of bombings and other devastation activities by the sect members in Nigeria would force his administration to bend over forward and negotiate power with the sect or their sponsors should rather have a re-think as such a situation would not arise.
Jonathan, however, reiterated that the successful hosting of the WEFA in Abuja in spite of threats by the insurgents was a clear demonstration that the days of Boko Haram were numbered as they will soon be smoked out with the help of the international community and made to face the consequences of their evil deeds.
“Boko Haram is a terror group and as journalists you should know the meaning of terror. Before the 9/11 no body in the US or UK imagined the dimension of terrorists in the world. You can not be too sure of what ideology that drives their leaning. Sometimes, it is from the religious sentiments… but we need to combine so many factors to underscore their driving spirit . But I want to advice that the terrorists should also know that they don’t do certain things and get away with it because most of these activities are criminal offenses and they should know that when they are caught, they would pay dearly for it. For instance, I can tell you that the masterminds of the last Nyanya bomb blast have been arrested and would face the long arm of the law.
“I want to assure also that sooner than later, the abducted Chibok school girls would also be rescued with the help of the global community and we will use remote sensing technology to smoke them out to face the consequences” Jonathan said.
Meanwhile, the US Marines currently in Nigeria to help the government combat Boko Haram terrorists have made their first arrests taking two male suspects into custody after they were found in possession of arms and ammunition during a targeted search.
The suspects were arrested at Anyibe in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Major General Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information (DDI), the duo, including a teenager and an elderly man, were arrested during a cordon-and-search operation and found to be in possession of firearms.
He listed the weapons found on them as two rifles, three locally fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition.