Nigerian army arrests foreigners, others, over Abuja terror attacks


Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade

Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade
Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade

Nigeria military authority said on Saturday that it has arrested eight persons over the recent bombing attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Major General Chris Olukolade, spokesperson Nigeria Defence Headquarters said in a statement that among the eight persons who are now helping the investigation process with useful information, are three foreigners.

“In Abuja, eight persons are currently being interrogated after raid operations by troops of security agencies on joint surveillance and patrols mission in the Federal Capital today.

“The arrested persons are helping ongoing investigation with useful information after the operation which is sequel to intelligence reports. Most of those arrested are foreigners who were picked up around Kugbo and areas adjoining the Nyanya site of the recent bombings in the Federal Capital.

“Those confirmed to constitute threat to security will be handed over to appropriate prosecutorial agency on conclusion of the preliminary investigations,” he said.

Olukolade denied reports of an attack by Boko Haram on Maiduguri this morning as he insisted that there was no fighting or attack around the University or any barrack in Maiduguri.

Rather, the Defence spokesperson explained that troops at about 2a.m. launched a counter attack using mainly mortar shells on a group of terrorists who had attacked and killed four persons in Margimari village and other settlements in the outskirts of the state capital.

He revealed that a Chadian, Usman Mecheka operating with the terrorists group around Lake Chad has been taken into custody by the Multi National Joint Task Force. He said the Chadian was apprehended by the Task Force while trying to extract a ransom from herdsmen and farmers in the area, after an earlier attack on the community.

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The statement also said troops of the Special Task Force in the Plateau have raided a camp maintained by an armed gang operating in a settlement in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Olukolade also said that gun fabricating machine as well as some arms and ammunition from the hideout were recovered during the raid, the statement further said.

“Also recovered during the raid, were local single barrel guns, pistols, an automatic rifle, bullet pellets and a large quantity of materials for producing gun powder.

“The raid has equally yielded vital details to track down the operators of a gun fabricating hideout who are now on the run. The area is also being combed in the search for similar criminal outfits

“In another development in Tanabu community in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau state, troops of the Special Task Force have successfully repelled an attack by a gang of cattle rustlers who had invaded the community after a shootout.

“The troops had the encounter when they responded to a distress call from herdsmen in the area, leaving one of the cattle rustlers dead, while others fled when they were overpowered by the troops,” Olukolade noted.

“In the meantime, Operation Restore Peace currently conducted in the North Central States has maintained its operational tempo in the efforts to stamp out the activities of armed gangs in the region,” the statement added.