The Nigerian Army yesterday paraded a man in Bauchi believed to be a Boko Haram spy, who provided surveillance that aided the terrorist sect’s 2011 Christmas Day bombing of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State.
The blast left 44 worshippers dead and 75 others injured.
According to the army, the suspect, whose names was given as Victor Moses and believed to be an indigene of Benue State, was arrested in Alkaleri town of Bauchi State near a mosque, claiming he wanted to convert to Islam.
Moses was arrested with three other suspects – Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.
They were paraded before the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, at the 33 Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks in Bauchi.
The Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu, said the suspects were arrested on a tip-off.
“Our troops on duty in Alkaleri arrested Victor Moses after receiving a report from people in the area that the suspect had been loitering around the mosque claiming he was a Christian and wanted to convert to Islam but because he is not from the area, they suspected him and reported to our men.
“Victor Moses confessed to conducting surveillance for Boko Haram when in a shop belonging to Abubakar Shetima Bama in Jos while Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki are based in Gombe”, he said.
Mr. Dosu said after investigation, the suspects would be handed over to the Joint Intelligent Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State.