“How We Bombed Madalla Catholic Church”, Kabiru Sokoto Opens Up
Principal suspect in the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State and a top leader of the Boko haram sect, Kabiru Sokoto Monday revealed how the group carried out the deadly attack on the church.
The group had December 25, 2011, carried out bomb attacks on the church leading to the death of over 40 Christian worshippers. Kabiru Sokoto was subsequently arrested in connection with the attack, but in earlier appearances before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Maitama in Abuja, where he is being tried for terrorism charges, Kabiru Sokoto denied any knowledge or involvement in the attack.
He revealed that contrary to widely held view that the church bombing was done by a suicide bomber, Sokoto said no suicide bomber was involved in the deadly attack.
He explained that the church bombing was carried out by two of the sect members; Bashir Mohammed and Mukthar Kafanchan who were supervised by the sect commander in Niger state, Sulieman Habib.
“It was not a suicide bomber as many have believed. It was a coordinated attack. The car that was used for the operation was parked near the church laden with explosives and later detonated by the people assigned for the job,” Sokoto confessed to the bewilderment of everyone in the court.
Kabir Sokoto also narrated how an Algeria based group, Muslimiyama has been funding the activities of the sect and how the N40 million sent by the group from Algeria led to the splitting of Boko Haram into two factions.
According to him. Muslimiyama, which means ‘the group from the sunset,’ normally sends money to the Boko Haram sect. He said it was issues that arose from the sharing of N40m sent by the Algerian based group that led our sect splitting into two.
“I was given N500,000 out of the money which I used to buy Koran and other books”, he revelaed.
Further proceedings in the case have been adjourned May 16 to 20, 2013 by the trial Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola.
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