How Nyanya Motor Park was Bombed – SSS
The Department of State Security Service (DSS), on Monday narrated how the Nyanya motor bomb blast was carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect.
The service paraded five suspects believed to have participated in the detonation of the bomb that killed over 70 people on April 14, 2014.
Addressing newsmen on the latest development on the blast and efforts being made to arrest the perpetrators, Marilyn Ogar, Deputy Director, Public Relations, DSS, disclosed that an Army deserter Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche with service number SVC 95/104, also the son of a retired colonel and a patent medicine seller Rufai Abubakar Tsiga (aka Dr Tsiga) were on Monday declared wanted by the Service for their roles in the incident.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Adamu Yusuf openly confessed to being a member of the dreaded sect while Sani Ishaq though said he was not a member of the sisted his boss, Tsiga in driving the bomb laden vehicle to the Nyanya motor park a night preceding the blast where it was positioned for explosion.
Ishaq who served as an apprentice at a patent medicine store operated by Tsiga at the back of Berger Yard, Utako, Abuja, admitted knowing that the vehicle was laden with bomb.
He said that he was informed by his boss Tsiga that the explosion was meant to serve as a revenge for the alleged killing of a member of the sect a week earlier at the motor park by a mob when ammunition were discovered on him.
While explaining the role of Tsiga and Ogwuche in the blast,Ogar said “Tsiga is the cell leader who planned the attacked and cajoled other members into taking part in the act by lying to them that one of their members was killed at the park by a mob”.
He (Tsiga) was said to have personally gone back to the Nyanya park in the morning of April 14 to prime the bomb for explosion after it was jointly placed there in a Golf car the preceding night by himself and Ishaq his apprentice at the patent medicine shop.
Ogwuche, Ogar said, “is a criminal who was earlier arrested in 2011 but was released on bail following pressures from human right activists who consistently accused the service of violating Ogwuche’s rights by his being licked up while under investigations”.
The Service also disclosed that Ogwuche was a son of a retired Colonel in the Nigerian Army.
According to Ogar,”It is noteworthy that UK born Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche with Service number SVC95/104 deserted the Nigerian Army in 2006. He served in the Intelligence Unit of Nigerian Army at the Child Avenue, Arakan Barracks, Lagos between 2001 and 2006 and was posted to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 2006.
The police said that Tsiga was actively aided by a co-mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, also at large, a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan.
“In the night of 13th April 2014 Rufai Abubakr Tsiga and moved the explosives laden vehicle to the position from where he detonated the explosives,” the police said.
It is unclear why the police chose a public parade rather than a courtroom in which to commence prosecution of the suspects.
Details of the SSS report signed by Marylin Ogar follows
RUFAI ABUBAKA: He was arrested on 22ndApril 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 now at large confirmed to him that he (Tsiga) and other members of the Boko Haram sect carried the attack at Nyanya Motor park to retaliate the killing of a sect member at the same Park eight (8) days earlier.
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 convert activities in the FCT. He revealed that two days before the Nyanya blasts, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA his boss , informed him around 4.00pm after prayer 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 bomb to be used for the blasts 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 motor 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 14th 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: Before his arrest, SAIDU was an apprentice under Rufai TSIGA at his medicine store in Utako village maket.
Although he denied membership of the Boko Haram sect, he claimed that his uncle , Rufai Abubakar TSIGA and Muahmmadu 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 11 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 15 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 11 hours after the Nyanya bombing incident had occurred.
He alleged that when TSIGA learnt of Muhammadu Sani ISAQ’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 on GSM 07067434122 directing her to pack her belongings and flee the area.
ADMU YUSUF —-Was arrested in Bauchi on 5th May, 2014. He is forty-three (43) years old . He confessed that he is clerk member of the Boko Haram. Adamu was a clerk at Finance Quarters Mosque, Wuye, Abuja.
Muhammadu S ani ISAHQ 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 Yusus.
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;
Rufai Abubakar TSIGA
Imam Ahmad Rufai Abubakar
Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche
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.
In 2013, Rufai Abubakar TSIGA invited ANAS to join his clinic at Utako village. He identified Mohammadu Sani ISAHQ and Rufai Abubakar TSIGA as members of the sect especially as the latter had confided in him his membership of the Boko
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