Nyanya Bomb Blasts: Alleged Mastermind Arrested in Sudan
Wanted Boko Haram fugitive, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche has been arrested on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in connection with the April 14 Nyanya bombing. Following the linking of the suspect with the bomb attack which claimed 75 lives, the National Bureau of the Interpol based at the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters issued an international red alert for his arrest. The suspect was apprehended in Sudan.
The news was announced in Abuja by Director General of the National Orientation Agency Mike Omeri.
The suspect is a UK-born ex-Nigerian military intelligence officer and army defector. 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.
In November 2011, he was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after allegedly being involved in terrorist activities; but was released on bail to his father Colonel Agene Ogwuche (rtd) in October 2012 following intense pressure from human rights activists who alleged human rights violation.
He and the other prime suspect Rufai Tsiga were declared wanted by the Department of State Security (DSS) and a ransom of N25m was placed on the two accused. The intelligence agency said Tsiga was actively aided by Ogwuche, a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan who is from Orokam, Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State.
The security operatives are already working to ensure Ogwuche’s extradition back to the country.