Eight members of the notorious Boko Haram sect are in the custody of the State Security Service over the killing of Christopher McManus a Briton, and Franco Lamolinara an Italian, in Sokoto, recently.
The suspects paraded included three young men who allegedly carried out surveillance on the expatriate working at an under construction sites belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria before they were abducted and taken to Sokoto on May 12, 2011. The five others are said to belong to the sect’s highest decision making body.
Parading the suspects, whose ages range between 19 and 20 years before newsmen in Abuja Wednesday, SSS’ Deputy Public Relations Officer, Doyin Adetuberu, said tthe suspects were arrested through a joint security operation,
Mr. Adetuberu quoted preliminary investigation as revealing that the guards protecting the two foreign hostages were directed to kill them in the event of any envisaged threat.
He said that a joint security team was immediately dispatched to Sokoto for rescue mission but that the sect members had killed the hostages but could not escape from the scene because of the heavy presence of security in the area.
He disclosed that after a prolonged exchange of gunfire, security forces killed three of the guards were killed while the wife of one of them sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital.