The alleged mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing, Kabiru Abubakar Dikko (a.k.a Kabiru Sokoto), was hiding in a clothes rack at the residence of an accomplice when he was arrested through the joint effort of the State Security Service (SSS) and the military.
“He had taken refuge at Umuahia in Toto Local Government Area of Nassarawa State before he fled to Taraba State where he was eventually arrested”, said Marilyn Ogar, spokesperson for the SSS, adding that the suspect was arrested by a team of DSS officers and soldiers.
Kabiru Sokoto, alongside some accomplices, was paraded on Friday before journalists at the SSS headquarters in Abuja.
Sources disclosed to Premium Times that the suspect unwittingly gave himself away when he placed a call to the alleged spokesperson of Boko Haram, Abu Qaqa, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Mr. Sokoto, who allegedly led the 25 December, 2011 suicide attack on St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, during which over 42 lives were lost with many others seriously injured, escaped from a team of policemen under the watch of Police commissioner, Zakari Biu.
Mr. Biu, who is currently being tried for his role in Mr. Sokoto’s escape, was the commissioner of Police in charge of terrorism and had purportedly ordered a team to take the then newly arrested suspect for a search at his house in Abaji, Federal Capital Territory on 15th, January, 2012 during which time he escaped.
Mr. Sokoto was re-arrested at Mutum-Biu in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State around 4 am on Friday.
Premium Times investigation revealed that four person were arrested alongside the suspect.
The suspect identified himself as Kabiru Sokoto when he was questioned by journalists at the SSS headquarters. Beyond ascertaining his identity, the media men were not allowed to question him further.
Ms. Ogar added that contrary to popular belief, the suspect was from Sokoto State where he was also the leader of the militant sect.
“Kabiru was instrumental to the visit of late National leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf to Gagi Village in February in 2009, during which he (Kabiru) was declared the leader of the sect in Sokoto State,” she said.
The suspect, according to information released by the SSS, was born to the family of Umaru Jabbi of Gagi Village, Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Mr. Sokoto was adopted by his maternal uncle, Abubakar Dikko, upon the death of his father. He was subsequently renamed after the Uncle.
The suspect dropped out from College of Nursing and Midwifery after failing some of his exams in 2007.