The Nigerian military has explained how the suspected mastermind of
the Jos and Zaria bombings was arrested.
The defence headquarters had earlier tweeted that the unnamed suspect
was taken into custody in Gombe after organising the two attacks that
killed 70 people between Sunday and Tuesday.
The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, has given further details on
“Please recall that on Sunday 5th July 2015, suspected Boko Haram
terrorists carried out coordinated bomb and gun attacks on worshippers
at Ýan Taya mosque, Dillimi Street, off Bauchi Road, Jos where the holy
month of Ramadan tafsir was holding, and Shagalinku Restaurant, along
Bauchi Road, Jos, Plateau State which led to death of over 48 persons,
injuring several other persons and destruction of property.
“Similarly, the terrorists carried out another bomb attack on hapless
workers undergoing verification exercise at Sabon Gari Local
Government Secretariat, Zaria Kaduna State which resulted in the death
of over 25 people including a two-year-old child and destruction of
“Consequently, security cordon was established in the general areas
especially along Bauchi, Gombe and the North Eastern part of the
country by troops of 3 Division and Special Task Force, as well as the
Department of State Services.
This culminated in the successful arrest of the mastermind of the heinous
terrorist acts and two of his accomplices at a checkpoint in Dadin Kowa,
The terrorist kingpin and his colleagues who disguised in a trailer while
trying to evade checks were fished out by troops of Nigerian Army.
“The arrested terrorists are currently being processed for further action
and would soon face the full wrath of the law.
“The general public are hereby please requested to be more vigilant,
security conscious and report any suspicious persons, movements, and
facilities to the security agencies.”
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