Abuja bombing: SSS declares ex-soldier wanted, parades five suspects

nyanya bomb blast suspects Photo: Saharareporters.com

DSS paraded 5 suspects and announced a N25 million reward for information on masterminds.

The Department of State Security, SSS, has declared Rufai Tsiga, a suspected mastermind of the Nyanya Motor Park bombing of April 14, wanted. The service also declared an ex-soldier, Aminu Ogwuche, wanted for being an accomplice.

The Deputy Director of Public Relations of the agency, Marilyn Ogar, announced this at a joint news conference in Abuja on Monday.

Ms. Ogar, who announced a N25 million reward for anyone who could give information that could lead to the arrest of the duo, also paraded five suspects in connection with the bombing.

The bombing killed more than 70 people with over 120 others injured.

Ms. Ogar named the suspects as Ahmad Abubakar, 43; Muhammed Ishaq, 30; Yau Saidu, 28; Anas Isah, 22; and Adamu Yusuf, a cleric, 43.

“Rufai Abubakar Tsiga, a Boko Haram leader, is the mastermind of the bombing of April 14, 2014 at El-Rufai Motor Park, Abuja. Tsiga was actively aided by a co-mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan. The sum of N25 million is hereby announced as reward for anybody with useful information on their whereabouts,” she said.

The director said that on the night of April 13, Mr. Tsiga and one of the arrested suspects, Mr. Ishaq, moved a vehicle laden with explosives to the Nyanya Park.

“In the morning of April 14, Tsiga, moved the explosives laden vehicle to the position from where he detonated the explosives,” she said.

Ms. Ogar said Mr. Ogwuche, a U.K.-born Nigerian, was a soldier with service number SVC 95/104 but deserted the army in 2006.

“He served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army at Child Avenue, Arakan Barracks, Lagos, between 2001 and 2006,” she said.

She added that Mr. Ogwuche was arrested on November 12, 2011 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from the U.K. for suspected involvement in terrorism-related activities.

Ms. Ogar said he was, however, released on bail to his father, Agene Ogwuche, a retired colonel, on October 15, 2012, following intense pressure from human rights activists, who alleged human rights violation.

The SSS spokesperson said that the arrested suspects claimed that they bombed the park to retaliate the killing of a Boko Haram member at the park a week before the incident.

She denounced the claim as a fabrication by the mastermind of the bombing to induce other members used for the bombing.

Ms. Ogar urged the public to be wary as terrorist elements were disguising and taking up menial jobs and parading themselves as businessmen daily in Abuja and its environs.

“Therefore, security awareness of the public will continue to play pivotal role in the war on terror. We hereby enjoin fellow Nigerians to be very vigilant and collaborate with law enforcement agencies as we together strive to protect our nation from antics of criminals within and outside our shores,” she said.



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  • Sadiqah Tukur

    Involvement of different people.

  • Dan Barno

    This trick will not work. Are you telling us that northerners on whose land abuja is located should not reside or move freely? It is a big lie. Let your Jonathan move his office to Yenegoa and allow us to go about our legitimate business.

    • johansen

      How is your comment related to subject? I don’t get it.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        I wonder o,my brother

      • kiliminati

        You wouldn’t see its relationship because you are beclouded, blind and bias.

  • IskaCountryman

    ogwuche…there must always be one nyamiri to muddy the plot…sani ogwuche…buruba!

    • Dan maikoko


    • Goodson

      Ogwuche is not an Igbo name, its from within Benue State, probably an Idoma.

  • Ralia Ahmad

    l pray that these so called bombers are not scape goats. The police are as guilty as the BH in framing and killing innocent people.

  • sunshine

    DSS DSS DSS! I ve called u 3 times & as Nigerians u know what that means. I hope its not photo-shopped criminals u re parading e.g like changing d clothes of some convicts in ur cell & claiming u ve made arrest. I wld be happy if true, genuine arrest can be made & persecuted bt u ve told us to many lies in d area of arrest before now. All our security operatives are only good @ eye service & we know that. Abeg, make una no over try to impress oh just ensure u do d right thing. God help us.

    • True son of the soil

      Na true talk you talk my brother,twice beaten

  • Joshua

    I don’t think that the sss are serious, on what grand can some one who has not seen or no this Mr. Sani ogwuche before get to no him if one come acrose him? Paste his picture let us fine the gaot.

  • nagogo

    Tir Allah ya wadar haka yalalace. If this suspect’s are confirmed pls they should be wasted not jailed

  • Gideon Orkar

    1. Ogwuche was a deserter in 2006
    2. He was then arrested in 2011 on terrorism charges and released in 2012 due to pressure.

    Who ordered his release? That person should be put on trial. This was how the UN building bomber was arrested before and then released.

    How many terrorists have been arrested and released?

    • Pete

      The father of Aminu Ogwuche converted to Islam while working as a soldier under Aliyu Gusau. Thereafter he was commissioned in the Nigerian Army and retired as a colonel.
      So your guess is as good as anybody’s as to how the son’s release was influenced.

  • Mosaku 147

    I must commend the SSS for the timely arrest of these good for nothing idiots. As for the army deserter and his father,he should know he has no hiding place as long as he still uses his British passport.also our cash& carry human right groups should know the kind of people they plead right violation for.
    But please Marylyn try to makeup moderately and use less gold.you are suppose to be a security woman not a show biz person.kudos SSS.