The Department of State Services DSS has given a minute by minute account of the two bombings that rocked media houses in Abuja and Kaduna Thursday morning.
In a lucid narration by its spokesperson, Marylyn Ogar, the secret police described both incidents from the point of view of live witnesses.
Ms Ogar said at about 11. a.m. Thursday, in Kaduna, two persons, in a cream coloured Honda Accord (Academy) car, with registration number AL 306 MKA, drove into SOJ Global Communications and Investment Limited Plaza which houses correspondents of The Sun, Thisday and Moments Newspapers, located at R9, Kontagora road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna.
“One of the assailants, Umaru Umaru Mustapha, an indigene of Maiduguri, Borno State, alighted the car with a container of Improvised Explosive Device (IED),” she said.
“He was immediately challenged by two (2) gallant Nigerians following which he threw the bomb at them and it detonated, killing them instantly.
Mustapha, she said, subsequently pulled out a pistol and fired several shots in the air to scare his captors who were now growing in number. But Mustapha’s shot did not scare his surging captors.
“He was caught and subdued by brave members of the public who refused to be intimidated and handed him over to security forces,” Ms Ogar said.
In addition to the two who died, Ms Ogar said nine other persons were injured and are receiving treatment.
Ms Ogar also described the vehicle used in the Thisday Abuja bombing. She said it was “a dark green coloured Isuzu Jeep wired with bombs,” that forced its way into the premises of Thisday Newspaper, at Jabi, Abuja and it detonated killing the suicide bomber and two support staff of Thisday.
Five others were injured and are currently receiving medical treatment in hospitals around Abuja.