Investigations reveal Nigerian government not responsible for Buhari bombing – Police IG

The IGP said detectives conducted a diligent investigation to arrive at the conclusion.

The Federal Government was not involved in the plan to kill a former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, an interim investigation by the police has revealed, according to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

Mr. Abba stated this on Monday shortly before holding a closed door meeting with senior police officers to strategise on how to deal with current security challenges in the country.

Mr. Buhari, a leader of Nigeria’s main opposition party, APC, survived a bomb explosion in Kaduna on July 23. The explosion was believed to have targeted the opposition leader.

“I was personally involved in a clearly targeted bomb attack today along Ali Akilu Road, Kawo-Kaduna at about 2:30 p.m. on my way to Daura,” Mr. Buhari said after the attack.

“The unfortunate event, clearly an assassination attempt, came from a fast moving vehicle that made many attempts to overtake my security car but was blocked by my escort vehicle.

“We reached the market area of Kawo where he took advantage of our slowing down and attempted to ram my car and instantly detonated the bomb which destroyed all the three cars in our convoy,” he added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, amidst allegations that the federal government was responsible for the explosion. The police had since commenced its investigations.

“Detectives constituted by the immediate past IGP conducted a very diligent investigation,” Mr. Abba said.

According him, the team, which included forensic experts, visited the scene of the bombing, victims in hospital and conducted interviews with Mr. Buhari and those with him.

“So far, they have come out with a finding and the finding is that the Federal Government is not involved,” the police chief added.

Mr. Abba said the only suspect arrested in connection with the incident was being held by the military. He said he could not say if the suspect had made any useful statement.

He said the police had arrested the suspect on two or three occasions in the past in connection with a crime the police would not disclose.

While one of the twin bomb explosions in Kaduna on July 23 targeted Mr. Buhari, another targeted a respected Islamic cleric, Dahiru Bauchi.

Dozens of people were later confirmed to have died from the two explosions.

(NAN)


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  • nick

    fastest and concluded investigation ever……

    • Shehu

      IT’S A PRECONCEIVED FINDING. THAT’S ALL.

    • Abubakar M. Yakasai

      if our judiciary are fast in their investigation and prosecution such as this one, we would have changed the security page for long. i just dey laugh…Chai! Diaris God ooo

  • Amazed

    help me here, the man was sworn in less than four days and he has done an investigation inside of that period having in mind that he has been busy setting up his structure in his new position as the IG. Amazing the guy must good. We are lucky to have him at the head of the police. Where has he been all this years, we thank God for such a great man that moves with all speed.

    • Mayo

      Read the article again. It says – “Detectives constituted by the immediate past IGP conducted a very diligent investigation,” Mr. Abba said.

      • Abubakar M. Yakasai

        @Mayo, what was the basis for the detective’s conclusion?

  • Taster

    This nation is a farce.

  • Okache

    I laugh. I do not expect him to say the preliminary investigation implicates the government. He cannot go that line because the fellow has not be confirmed. Even if he is, he cannot come out to implicate Oga Jona and his party of nest of killers.

    • redeem

      THESE IBO PEOPLE GO KILL US–THE IGP AND-BUHARI ARE FULANIS-THEY KNOW THEMSELVES–BETTER THAN IJAW MAN JONATHAN

    • redeem

      Do u as an Ibo man see Jonathan as a killer-OR-an assassin like Obj–Buhari went to the south east twice-in search of a VP–yet HE STILL LOST THE ELECTIONS–ADDED TO THE FACT THAT-we do not do human sacrifice in the SS–we are NEVER into ritual killing either–CLEAR AS DAYLIGHT THAT BUHARI TRIED TO USE THE DADECO system-blame gej for the bombs APC has been exploding

      • Ide4u

        GEJ take the blame for whatever happens in Nigeria under his watch

  • redeem

    DID BUHARI MAKE THIS STATEMENT TO PROMOTE UNITY OF 9JA-U USE BOKO HARAM TO DIVIDE NIGERIA–THEN RELY ON NYAKO TO ABUSE US-
    — General Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

    Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

    The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

    While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in SUPPORT of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

    According to Buhari “what is responsible for the SECURITY situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants

    • Shehu

      SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD.

      • redeem

        @wahala those who are brain dead-do not know how human meat taste like–buhari it was who made those callous statements against the president-the sultan also followed up with his-own satanic comments–that jonathan was killing boko haram fighters to enable him reduce the population of muslims-in the north

        • Shehu

          YOU ARE MORE DUMB AND HARAM THAN THE DUMBO JONAHARAM HIMSELF. WHILE YOU ARE HERE SAYING RUBBISH AND CONCOCTING LIES, THE DUMBO IS THERE SEEKING THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE FULANIS FOR HIS 2015 ELECTION. BIGOT KAWAI!!!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      You are brain dead. You have become a laughing stock….in case you don’t know!

      • redeem

        @wahala-That is your own personal ibonized opinion–Nama- was buhari drunk when he made the above statements-useless Ibo man-truth is bitter-Boko haram is not killing people from the south south–those who are being slaughtered like goats are Ibo traders in the fulani North—The ones who have refused to learn from history–how can boko haram whom buhari supported with the above statement–now have him allege that it was government that planned to assassinate him–The whole rubbish was an inside job-by APC–designed to win sympathy-for the serial loser–buhari——did buhari not involve himself in similar exercise while with abacha–then blame NADECO for the bombs he exploded at Ikeja army barracks–

      • redeem

        yes i have become a laughing stock for the ibos-because i do not share the same satanic traits with them abi

    • Shehu

      SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD. CAN YOU TELL US THE DAY, DATE, MONTH AND YEAR WHEN THIS PROGRAMME WAS AIRED? MUMU LIAR!

  • Ijeuwa

    His mission was to exonerate the federal govt. Mission accomplished. Next, Jona will set an investigative committee to examine the report of the police investigation. After six months another committee will be set up to study the report of the second committee, etc. And Nigerians will never know whodunnit!

  • Shehu

    COMEDIANS IN THE ACT. WHO HAS EVER EXPECTED THEM TO COME OUT WITH THE TRUTH. DASUKI HAS ALREADY EXONERATED THE GOVERNMENT THREE DAYS AGO. SO IT’S THE SAME STORY WHICH WE WILL NOT BELIEVE.

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    Abba has started negatively because this hasty clearance of GEJ is bad publicity. Though it is not surprising given his track record of serving dubious people (Maryam Abatcha) in the past. We would only be convinced when the government allows for independent international inquiry. Buhari blasted the dembo government 2 days before was attacked for assassination.

    • john micheals

      so you believe the federal government will orchestrate an assassination attempt of such magnitude within 48 hrs after the Buhari speech ? Common bro, Logistics arrangement even for the assassination of a nobody even takes more than 48hrs , then talk of a former head of state and one of the nations leaders ? we have got to be realistic, is this the first time that Buhari has criticized the government ? PDP has defeated Buhari 3 times, why will they be scared of him now ? You should think critically and know that the people that will benefit more if Buhari is dead are not from the PDP. People that have same ambition with him under the same platform should not be ignored.

      • Bunduma Mohammed

        OBJ informed the nation of the snippers trained by GEJ to assassinate his opponents; the attackers of Buhari are the Snippers of GEJ or what do you think? since he did not deny owning the snippers he has them and they are in different forms; including political boko haram and attempted killers of buhari.

    • odiate obong

      and these is the same dembo government that increased the security detail to buhari because of the death threats he has been receiving because they know if anything happens to him this is exactly what some people will be saying

      • Bunduma Mohammed

        Buhari did not have increased security as you claimed. If he has increased security please prove it.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Why is the FG so worried and afraid? First, the NSA said it was not the FG. Now, the IGP is echoing that. Not once has the APC said the FG did it. So what is all the panic about? It is preemptive? Do they know what Nigerians don’t know? I smell a rat!!!

    • Mayo

      El Rufai said the FG did it (the papers reported on the post he made on his facebook account). Premium Times also reported (the same day of the bombing) that one of the officers of a pro-Buhari group alleged/implied it was done by the government.
      Removing the above mentioned 2, a section of the public (as evidenced by comments on newspaper websites) believed the FG was responsible. If government doesn’t respond to such rumors and it sticks, it can lead to a breakdown of law and order.

      • redeem

        CITING proactive measures taken by President Goodluck Jonathan, former Governor of Kaduna State and HUMAN RIGHTS activist, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) has said the Federal Government could not be behind the recent assassination attempt on retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the twin bomb explosions in Kaduna.

        Umar said that after the condemnation of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency by retired General Buhari sometimes ago, President Goodluck Jonathan’s government took a proactive measure by increasing the SECURITY details around the former Head of State and APC chieftain, stressing that without this action of government the unfortunate attempt on his life would have been disastrous.

        Colonel Umar (rtd), argued: “When on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 some yet to be identified persons attacked the convoy of General Muhammadu Buhari with a car bomb, some of his SUPPORTERS or his representatives as one of them claimed on BBC radio Hausa service accused the Federal Government of complicity, saying that “this was even before investigations commenced.”

        “I was concerned and worried by possible dangerous repercussions of such allegations on the peace and unity of the country, which is currently under severe strain. I therefore decided not only to condemn their actions but also to adduce evidence to counter their wrong and preposterous allegations.”

        • Shehu

          WHO IS DANGIWA TO TALK ABOUT BUHARI? LET HIM JOIN PDP FULLY AND CONTEST ANY POST IF HE THINKS HE IS POPULAR.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        No official APC reaction pointing accusing fingers at the FG. El Rufai does not speak for APC. He expressed his personal opinion

    • john micheals

      To perhaps correct general misconceptions like yours.

    • odiate obong

      don’t smell a rat. there has been speculations that the federal government was behind the attacks even el rufai said so.they have to clear their name because these remakes are inciteful

  • Wähala

    A parting gift from the immediate past IGP Abubakar to sing the exonerating chorus, after Dasuki days ago. Well, if it’s not OgaOgogoro@theTop, and it’s the Transvestite mastermind, with obese Asari denying culpability… it must be the Bokos!
    Boko Haram have always claimed their attacks, if they don’t claim this… it’s back to beginning, back to the top: The Govt!

    • redeem

      CITING proactive measures taken by President Goodluck Jonathan, former Governor of Kaduna State and HUMAN RIGHTS activist, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) has said the Federal Government could not be behind the recent assassination attempt on retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari in the twin bomb explosions in Kaduna.

      Umar said that after the condemnation of the activities of Boko Haram insurgency by retired General Buhari sometimes ago, President Goodluck Jonathan’s government took a proactive measure by increasing the SECURITY details around the former Head of State and APC chieftain, stressing that without this action of government the unfortunate attempt on his life would have been disastrous.

      Colonel Umar (rtd), argued: “When on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 some yet to be identified persons attacked the convoy of General Muhammadu Buhari with a car bomb, some of his SUPPORTERS or his representatives as one of them claimed on BBC radio Hausa service accused the Federal Government of complicity, saying that “this was even before investigations commenced.”

      “I was concerned and worried by possible dangerous repercussions of such allegations on the peace and unity of the country, which is currently under severe strain. I therefore decided not only to condemn their actions but also to adduce evidence to counter their wrong and preposterous allegations.”

      • Wähala

        Col. Umar is a well known Govt. apologist… go-siddon!

        • redeem

          dont worry APC will soon fire–u–cause yr own mumu is becoming something else-an embarassment–to them–Umar is Fulani-buhari is also fulani–beyond that he was described as a social critic-yet the APC in u is telling us he is a government apologist

          • Ide4u

            Al Mustapha and the current IGP, the new found loves of GEJ, were both in the Abacha killing squad and they are already replaying the ugly episode of Abacha years. Obasanjo has been vindicated. You should be concerned about what will happen to GEJ if Buhari dies under his watch.

          • john micheals

            And that has always been my strong point, If Buhari dies GEJ will be in serious trouble as there will be massive unrest and pressure even from the international community. I believe there is a faction that wants this unrest in this country and i don’t think it is in the presidency, because they stand to lose more if it happens.

          • yaji

            I agree with you, but the scale and frequency of these attacks suggest those behind them are overzealous elements working in the government, thinking they are doing the president a favour

          • redeem

            WHERE WAS BUHARI–WAS HE NOT THE PERSON WHO FUNDED THE ASSASSINATION OF ABIOLAS WIFE-VIA PTF FUNDS HE RELEASED TO THE BOYS—WAS ROGERS NOT GOING TO COLLECT MONEY FROM THEM-UMAR SERVED IBB NOT ABCHA

          • Shehu

            THAT’S REDEEM FOR YOU GUYS, THE BIGOT.

          • yaji

            And it was the same buhari that murdered General Azazi who said the PDP was boko haram abi?

    • redeem

      @WAHALA——- ANY WONDER WHY YR IBO BROTHERS OFTEN DENY U HERE?-SOON FASHOLA WILL CRATE LIKE THE LATE UMARU DIKKO–BACK TO YR PEOPLE AGAIN AND DUMP THEM AT THE ONITSHA BRIDGE HEAD–U COULDN’T EVEN CARRY OUT THE EXERCISE OF REGISTERING THE FULANIS IN OWERRI–WHEN KWANKASO SAID NO-WAY–U IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO HIDING MONKEY–NOW OUT IN THE OPEN–TALKING AS A LIBERATED SOUL FROM LAGOS

  • King Carlos

    it’s like this people are acting a script, the bomb never reach one month and they have exonerated the govt, so why can’t they tell us the people behind it. Besides, who expects the Police to finger the fg as a suspect? common EFCC can’t provbe any official in the federal govt, so it is the police that will now tell us even if the govt did it.

    • redeem

      WHO DID BUHARI BLAME FOR THE BOMBS EXPLODED BY ABACHA IN LAGOS–

      • Abubakar M. Yakasai

        Mr Redeem, we are talking of issue at hand…The report from the police did not state any basis that led to their conclusion of the so-called investigation. So it is ok, the attack was made by nobody, people should forget and wait for the next attempt since this one has failed right?

        • redeem

          Jonathan has boko haram war from the fulani emirate on his hand–then came chibok school abduction–finally the same man now plans to assassinate buhari?–Pls put on yr thinking cap for once-why did jonathan increase the number of security details for buhari–is jonathan insane to have planned to assassinate buhari-upon all the trouble he jonathan is facing-from the fulani north—then he goes to kill another fulani-haba malam kura-? The entire thing was planned by Buhari ati APC to enable them score cheap political point–same as bacha with NADECO- ibegi

          • Shehu

            HAHAHA! FULANIPHOBIA HAS INFECTED YOUR PSYCHE.

    • zygote

      You know the IG is still on acting capacity and he wants to be confirmed in time. What do you expect?

      • ismail umar

        But if the police had been quiet, i hope you would not have said they did not carry out any form of investigation ?

    • usman ahmed

      Do you expect the government to keep quiet when guys like you think they are responsible for the attacks ?

  • redeem

    The Federal Government was not involved in the plan to kill a former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, an interim investigation by the POLICE has revealed, according to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba.

    Mr. Abba stated this on Monday shortly before holding a closed door meeting with senior police officers to strategise on how to deal with current SECURITY challenges in the country.

    Mr. Buhari, a leader of Nigeria’s main opposition party, APC, survived a bomb explosion in Kaduna on July 23. The explosion was believed to have targeted the opposition leader.

    • Abubakar M. Yakasai

      the report did not provide any basis that led to this conclusion.

    • Ide4u

      Coconut head, what do you expect a GEJ appointee to say?

      • usman ahmed

        so you believe GEJ is behind the attacks ?

        • Shehu

          100%

  • Somi

    Everything that happens in Nigeria is GEJ. na wa o. chicken dies GEJ, dog barks GEJ. Give the man a break please. If it was an assassination attempt does he think he will still be alive by now? Com’on let’s be realistic. Beside Buhari isn’t a strong contender anyways. Not worth his life. Sheer waste of time it would be.

  • john micheals

    Can someone drop his political bias and think strategically that a faction or group of people wants this nation to crumble or perhaps collapse ? The attacks were aimed at two prominent people of different dimensions, A Spiritual leader and A Political leader, these are people with large following.
    For those that think that GEJ, the opposite figure to the political leader is behind the attack on Buhari, can they also tell us that probably CAN of whichever christian body is responsible for the attempt on the opposite figure Dahiru Bauchi ?
    Let us avoid cheap sentiments and think objectively , We have a national enemy the sooner we realize the better for us.

    • usman ahmed

      I like your presentation, Nigeria has one enemy and its good we acknowledge that fact.
      People that want to see a political division in Nigeria are of the opinion that GEJ could plan the attack.
      PDP will not enjoy their government if anything happens to Buhari

  • ismail umar

    I find it hard to believe that learned people will think GEJ that has attracted pressure and criticism from the international community will initiate an attack to kill a political icon like Buhari. The world’s eye is on Nigeria and what will happen during and after the election, only naivety will push one to think that because of a statement made by Buhari, his assassination will be ordered immediately, when there are also some oppositions that have said worse things and also Buhari have made more provocative comments than this one. I believe the people that do not want Buhari to contest are members of his own party. PDP having defeated him 3 times are not scared of him, moreover if Buhari dies the PDP have a lot to lose, there will be violence and it will disrupt the PDP govt and the nation, and the PDP will be the biggest loser as they may eventually be pressured or chased out of power.

  • ismail umar

    Since people on this forum know too much and have information on who attacked Buhari, I would also like to know if they have similar information on who attacked Dahiru Bauchi.
    Because i believe that the attacks did not coincidentally happen on the same day, there must be a link of some sort.
    The sooner we look at the enemy as a common enemy, The better for all of us. Muslims, Christians, PDP, APC have all been victims of this attack, finger pointing is a waste of time and we need to collectively seek an end to it.

  • usman ahmed

    GEJ responsible for the attempt on Buhari’s life ? And people believe that ? LAUGHABLE !!! Buhari’s death will cause more harm than good to the PDP. The same group that are behind previous killings are still behind this one.

  • akposadekunle

    how would anybody point at the government for trying to assassinate buhari. apc is trying to use this against the fg and to tarnish the image of the gej led govt which will never happen. they had better look for those behind the plot. pointing fingers is not the way to solve this problem.