The suspected mastermind of the bombings in Jos and Zaria, both of which occurred in the two northern cities this week has been apprehended, the Nigerian military has revealed.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed this in a statement yesterday, saying the terror kingpin was captured in Gombe State.
Following the attacks in Jos and Zaria, Usman revealed that a security cordon was established in the general areas especially along Bauchi, Gombe and the North-eastern part of the country by troops of 3 Division and the Special Task Force, as well as the Department of State Service (DSS).
“This culminated in the successful arrest of the mastermind of the heinous terrorist acts and two of his accomplices at a checkpoint in Dadin Kowa, Gombe State.
“The terrorist kingpin and his colleagues who hid in a trailer while trying to evade checks were fished out by troops of the Nigerian Army,” he disclosed.
Usman said that the suspected terrorists were being processed for further action and would face the full wrath of the law.
He urged members of the public to be vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons, movements, and facilities to the security agencies.
On Sunday July 5, suspected Boko Haram terrorists carried out coordinated bomb and gun attacks on worshippers at Ýan Taya Mosque, Dillimi Street, off Bauchi Road in Jos where the Ramadan tafsir prayer was holding and at Shagalinku restaurant along Bauchi Road also in Jos, Plateau State, leading to the death of over 48 persons, injuring several other persons and destruction of property.
The terrorists carried out another bomb attack on civil servants undergoing a verification exercise at the Sabon Gari Local Government secretariat, Zaria, Kaduna State, resulting in the death of 25 people including a two-year-old child.