NYANYA BLASTS: DSS Parades Five Suspects, Place N25M on Fleeing Masterminds
Finally, the Department of State Security (DSS) has unveiled some suspects in Abuja as five men were paraded on Monday as suspects allegedly linked to the April 14 bomb blasts at Nyanya, on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory in which over 75 persons were killed and several others injured. The five suspects paraded by the DSS are- Ahmad Rufai Abubakar, (43); Muhammadu Sani Ishaq, (30); Yau Saidu, (28); Adamu Yusuf, (43); and Anas Isah, (22). They have all reportedly confessed to having played different roles in preparations leading to the bombing of the Abuja bus station.
Meanwhile the DSS has placed a N25 million bounty on two fleeing suspected masterminds – Rufai Abubakar Tsiga and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche. They are alleged plotted and masterminded the gruesome attack. At a joint security briefing, held at the headquarters of the DSS on Monday,
According to Ms. Marilyn Ogar, the spokesperson of the DSS, the findings from the investigation revealed that:
“Rufai Abubakar TSIGA, a Boko Haram leader, is the mastermind of the bombing incident of 14th April, 2014 at El-Rufai Motor Park, Nyanya, Abuja. TSIGA is currently at large.“Rufai Abubakar TSIGA was actively aided by a co-mastermind, Aminu Sadiq OGWUCHE, a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan. He is from Orokam, Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State. Aminu is currently at large.
“In the night of 13th April, 2014, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA and Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ moved the vehicle laden with explosives to the Nyanya Motor Park.“In the morning of 14th April, 2014, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA moved the explosives laden vehicle to the position from where he detonated the explosives.“Muhammadu SANI ISHAQ who took part with Rufai Abubakar TSIGA in positioning the explosives laden vehicle that exploded at Nyanya Motor Park, killing scores of Nigerians, is in the custody of this Service. Altogether, five persons who are privy to the bombing incident have been taken into custody.
“Rufai Abubakar TSIGA (a.k.a. Dr. TSIGA) and Aminu Sadiq OGWUCHE are currently at large, and are hereby declared WANTED. The sum of twenty-five million Naira (N25m) is hereby announced as reward for anybody with useful information on their whereabouts”.
Ms. Ogar further disclosed that UK-born Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche with Service Number SVC 95/104, deserted the Nigerian Army in 2006. Prior his desertion, he served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army at Child Avenue, Arakan Barracks, Lagos between 2001 and 2006, and was posted to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 2006. She revealed that “Aminu Sadiq OGWUCHE was arrested on the 12th November, 2011 at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, on his arrival from the United Kingdom, for suspected involvement in terrorism-related activities but was released on bail on 15th October, 2012 to his father, Col. Agene OGWUCHE (rtd), following intense pressure from human rights activists who alleged human rights violation”.
Ms Ogar used the opportunity to assure Nigerians that “security forces shall not rest on their oars until every individual or group of persons involved in the Nyanya bombings are brought to book”. She observed that: “Terrorist elements are disguising daily by taking up various businesses and menial jobs in Abuja and its environs. Therefore, security awareness of the public and prompt response to information sharing will continue to play pivotal roles in the war on terror.We hereby enjoin fellow Nigerians to be very vigilant and collaborate with law enforcement agencies as we together strive to protect our nation from the antics of criminals within and outside our shores. Accordingly, we urge Nigerians to be patient, to trust and support the nation’s security forces, as all seeming security mysteries in our country will be resolved,” Ogar canvassed.
HOW THEY WERE ARRESTED: “Recall that on 14th April, 2014 at El-Rufai Motor Park, Nyanya, a bomb explosion occurred which resulted in the death of 74 people, leaving several others injured. As investigation was ongoing, another bomb blast occurred on 1st May, 2014. Following these incidents, and in line with security forces commitment to bringing to book perpetrators of evil in our society, a thorough investigation was initiated which led to the arrest of some suspected masterminds of the attacks. They include:Ahmad Rufai ABUBAKAR (aka Abu Ibrahim/Mai-Turare); Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ ; Adamu YUSUFYau SAIDU (a.k.a. Kotar Rama) ; Anas ISAH ; AHMAD RUFAI ABUBAKAR (a.k.a Abu Ibrahim/Maiturare)
AHMED was arrested on 22nd April, 2014 at Gwantu, Sanga LGA of Kaduna State by a Joint security team. He is a forty-three (43) year old indigene of Yarimawa, Kazaure LGA, Jigawa State.
He has admitted that shortly after the bomb blast of April 14, 2014, one Rufai Abubakar TSIGA (a.k.a. Dr. TSIGA), now at large, confirmed to him that he (TSIGA) and other members of the Boko Haram sect carried out the attack at Nyanya Motor Park to retaliate the killing of a sect member at the same Park eight (8) days earlier.
The said Rufai Abubakar TSIGA (a.k.a. Dr. TSIGA) hails from Angwan Gabas, Gidan Mammai, Tsiga Town, Bakori LGA, Katsina State. Ahmad Rufai ABUBAKAR confirmed that Rufai Abubakar TSIGA sent him recharge card credit of N800 after the bombing incident.
That it was later discovered that the phone of one Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ was used in sending him the credit.
According to Ahmad Rufai ABUBAKAR (a.k.a Maiturare), Rufai Abubakar TSIGA also told him that Boko Haram National Leader, had directed that all members of the sect should relocate with their families to ‘Gaaba” (Boko Haram forest Camp) in preparation for mass attacks against the Nigerian State.
MUHAMMADU SANI ISHAQ SANI was arrested on 24th April, 2014 at Utako Village behind Julius Berger Yard, Utako, following the disclosure made by Ahmad Rufai ABUBAKAR (a.k.a Maiturare). He is a thirty (30) year old indigene of Balari village, Ajingi LGA of Kano State. SANI was a sales boy in Rufai Abubakar TSIGA’s patent medicine store at Utako called “Kishi Clinic”, a structure which also served as a base for Boko Haram’s covert activities in the FCT.
He revealed that two (2) days before the Nyanya blast, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA (a.k.a Dr. Rufai TSIGA), his boss, informed him around 4.00pm after prayers that there was a plan to bomb a facility in Abuja but stated that he was never informed of the exact location.
He further revealed that Rufai TSIGA later informed him that the bombs to be used for the blast were being coupled at the residence of one Adamu YUSUF. According to SANI, a day before the Nyanya bombing, precisely 13th April, 2014, he and TSIGA drove the car laden with explosives and parked it behind four (4) buses inside the Nyanya Bus Park overnight, after which they left the area. He revealed that before 7.00am the following morning, Rufai TSIGA went and detonated the explosives.
According to him, two (2) cars were wired for attack. He claimed one was used for the April 14, 2014 incident, which was a retaliatory attack on the motor park by the Boko Haram sect whose member was mobbed and killed a week before the bombing incident when he was intercepted with firearms at the Nyanya Motor Park. (However, this story of killing of a Boko Haram member at the Nyanya Motor Park a week earlier would appear untrue but was fabricated by TSIGA to elicit the interest of SANI and other sect members used for the attack).
YAU SAIDU (a.k.a. Kotar Rama)YAU was arrested on 29th April, 2014 at his village, Dandambo, Tsanyawa LGA, Kano State. He is twenty-eight (28) years old.Before his arrest, SAIDU was an apprentice under Rufai TSIGA at his medicine store in Utako village market.Although he denied membership of the Boko Haram sect, he claimed that his Uncle, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA and Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ attempted to enlist him several times.
He identified the perpetrators of the Nyanya bomb blast as Rufai Abubakar TSIGA, Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ, and Aminu Sadiq OGWUCHE.
He also disclosed that on 13th April, 2014 about 1100 hours, a day before the Nyanya bombing, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA and Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ drove out from Utako village market in a “black-coloured Honda Accord” car and returned about 1500 hours. Later the same day, they went out again in the same car and did not return until the following day, 14th April, 2014 about 1100 hours, after the Nyanya bombing incident had occurred.He alleged that when TSIGA learnt of Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ’s arrest, he fled Utako to an unknown location and left his business in his care. TSIGA equally sent a message to his wife, Hauwa’u on GSM. No: 07067434122 directing her to pack her belongings and flee the area.
ADAMU YUSUF (a.k.a. Mallam Adamu) ADAMU was arrested in Bauchi on 5th May, 2014. He is forty-three (43) years old He has confessed that he is a member of the Boko Haram.Adamu was a cleric at Finance Quarters Mosque, Wuye, Abuja.
Muhammadu Sani ISHAQ disclosed that Rufai Abubakar TSIGA confirmed to him that the bombs used for the Nyanya incident were coupled in a bush near the residence of Adamu YUSUF.Adamu YUSUF however claims that even though he knows Rufai Abubakar TSIGA, the mastermind of the Nyanya bombing, he did not take part in the bombing incident. He mentioned other members of the sect known to him to be:
i. Rufai Abubakar TSIGA
ii. Imam Ahmad Rufai ABUBAKAR (a.k.a. Abu Ibrahim/Maiturare)
iii. AMINU Sadiq OGWUCHE
iv. Anas ISAH
He claimed to be an apprentice under Rufai Abubakar TSIGA along with Anas ISAH.
ADAMU claimed that on the day of the Nyanya bomb blast, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA, called and told him that he heard of the bomb blast and that it was a job well done.
ANAS was arrested on 3rd May, 2014 at Unguwar Yan-Tagwaye village, Faskari LGA, Katsina State. He is 22 years old and an indigene of Tsiga, Bakori LGA, Katsina State.
ANAS came to Abuja in 2011 and hawked yoghurt for about one (1) month before going back to Tsiga. He returned to Abuja again in 2012 and worked as a sales boy in a Pharmacy located at Ruga near Wuye Market.
In 2013, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA invited ANAS to join his “clinic” at Utako village, where he worked for about five (5) months.
Although ANAS denied being involved in the April 14, 2014 incident, he identified Mohammadu Sani ISHAQ, and Rufai Abubakar TSIGA as members of the sect especially as the latter had confided in him his membership of the Boko Haram sect.