There was panic at Living Faith Church in Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis on Sunday, after a suspected suicide bomber sneaked into the church.
Nathaniel Samuel, the alleged bomber was said to have gained access into the church’s auditorium before he was arrested.
According to report, he concealed an improvised explosive device (IED) in his bag.
The suspect, according to Ekpenyong Edet, chief security officer of the church, was monitored on closed-circuit television (CCTV) before he was arrested.
Edet said, “He successfully gained access and was seated in the auditorium before he was suspected and the bag searched, only to find the explosive device. ”
He noted that the suspect had been handed over to the police.
Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, confirmed the report, saying Samuel is currently undergoing interrogation.
“Today 02/02/2020 at about 0930hrs, One Nathaniel Samuel ‘M’ of Maraban Damishi via Maraban Rido in Chikun L.G.A was arrested by the Police inside Living Faith Church at Sabon Tasha while the Church service was in session with some suspected Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) contained in a bag,” the statement read.
“The suspect is currently being interrogated at the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department was said to have left the bag on the church’s seat and went into a rest room for over an hour. Efforts are on to apprehend his accomplices.”
Sabo said all police officers in the command had been directed by the police commissioner to intensify surveillance and to liaise with stakeholders within their respective jurisdictions to ensure collective vigilance.