Military High Command Abuja, has confirmed that its troops have arrested the mastermind of Jos and Zaria bombings.
Defence Headquarters twitted yesterday on its handle @DefenceInfoNG, that the mastermind was arrested at a checkpoint in Gombe.
“Troops have arrested a mastermind of the Jos & Zaria bombing at a checkpoint in Gombe following an operation by combined team of military & DSS operatives”.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed the arrest in a press statement issued yesterday, saying, “The terrorist kingpin and his colleagues who disguised in a trailer while trying to evade checks were fished out by troops of the Nigerian Army”.
The statement said the arrested terrorists are currently being processed for further action and would soon face the full wrath of the law.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that on Sunday July 5, 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 property.
Col. Usman said, “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, Gombe State.
“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.