Military Captures Another Suspected Mastermind of Madalla Bombings, As Bauchi Donates 25 Security Vehicles

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BAUCHI (Sundiata Post) – The military has said it has captured a suspected mastermind the December 2011, Madalla Christmas bombings.

The suspect, named Victor Moses was paraded Monday before the Chief Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, alongside four other accomplices, at the 33 Artillery Brigade, .

Parading the five suspects, the Brigade , Brig-Gen. Abraham Dusu, said that Moses was apprehended at Alkaleri in , while he was conducting surveillance for the inside a mosque in the town.

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According to Dusu, the chief became suspicious when Victor Moses claimed that he wanted to convert to Islam but being new to the community but interrogation by the security agencies and military intelligence, he confessed to being one the mastermind the 2011 Christmas Day Bombing in Madalla, Niger State.

He disclosed that upon interrogation and investigation, the four other suspects were apprehended including Messrs Abubakar Shettima Bama, Umar Sadiq Madaki, and Salisu Mohammed Bello.

The Said: “ in Alkeleri were alerted about someone trying to convert to Islam but they noticed he wasn’t from the area and the community informed .  He was subsequently arrested, and revealed his name as Victor Moses, who also said he was among those that made the Madala bombing successful.

“According to him, his major work is surveillance for the but  lives with Abubakar Shettima Bama.

“So the Victor Moses, the main suspect was arrested in Alkaleri, where he conducts surveillance for . He was being accommodated by Abubakar Shettima Bama who lives in , and his other two accomplices are Umar Sadiq Madaki , and Salisu Mohammed Bello”, he added.

In another development, the Governor of , Mohammed Abubakar, presented 25 Hilux Patrol vehicles to the Army, Police and Department of State Security Service (DSS) to help enforce and maintain security in the state.

Abubakar, who made the formal presentation of patrol vehicles at the State Secretariat, Bauchi, noted that the primary function of government is the enforcement of security.

According to him, “criminal activities all the world are becoming more sophisticated so we have to double efforts to be top”.

He said: “As a responsible government, we have promised to provide security to citizens. We have serious security challenges like Boko Haram ,  cattle rustling and arms banditry.  Today Bauchi State is one of the safest in the North East and the country as a whole. We urge the citizenry to participate and by providing information to the security agents and as well as forming Vigilante groups.”

The governor said that the 25 vehicles were worth N250 million with 10 presented to the Army, nine to the Police, five to the DSS and one to the Zone 12 Police Command in the state Capital.

Responding, Buratai lauded the Bauchi State Government the gesture, which he said is an indication that the governor is serious with issues of security in the state and the zone.

He noted that security is the bedrock of development, and requested for more vehicles to help the military cover the “vast state” effectively.

“You know security is part of development because when lives are secured, we are guaranteed development.  This is the essence of security and that is why to urge the security agencies to ensure that these vehicles are properly maintained and are well used for all the operations it was meant for.

“We to also ask that because of the vastness and terrain of Bauchi state we need more of these vehicles and Army on our part contribute. We appreciate your gestures and pray that the state of insecurity be a thing of the past,” he added.

In a related development, the 33 Artillery Brigade, 3rd Division of the Army test-fired about six out of 36 Battle tanks refurnished and inducted into their inventory for the ongoing operation against Boko Haram in the North East.

The firing range took place at Victor Kure Armoured Range at Shada Wanka Barracks, Bauchi