"Unarmed" suspected Madalla bomber dies in controversial circumstances

The alleged mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing at Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, Habibu Bama, has died in controversial circumstances.

Mr. Bama died while receiving treatment from gunshot wounds he sustained in an alleged scuffle with soldiers of the Joint Task Force in Damaturu, Yobe state.

“It’s true. He died this morning from gunshot wounds he sustained,” a top official of the State Security Service (SSS) confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES.

The deceased was declared wanted by the State Security Service for his alleged role in the Madalla bombings which killed over 40 worshippers.

Mr. Bama was a former soldier and hailed from Bama town in Borno State. He is believed to be a senior member of the terrorist group, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnati Lil Da’awati wal Jihad, popularly called Boko Haram.

Though the JTF is yet to confirm Mr. Bama’s death, security sources have confirmed that Mr. Bama indeed died in the hospital under the custody of the JTF.

The death of Mr. Bama has again raised the question of the JTFs ability to manage and gather information from alleged terrorists

A knowledgeable source told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Bama’s death could be an extra-judicial killing as the JTF could have arrested him without shooting.

“He was unarmed when they saw him in the market. He is not a hefty man. They could easily have overpowered him or in the worst case scenario shoot him in the leg to arrest him,” our source said.

A senior official of the State Security Service told PREMIUM TIMES the JTF officials were not trained in information gathering and are used to using brutal force, a tactics observers say is negatively affecting the capacity of security agencies to gather information about the sect.

“They are used to just shooting anybody. It’s not impossible that they killed him,” the source said.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that many Boko Haram members have suffered similar fate (killed when they could have been captured alive), which has become a source of worry for the SSS.

The action of the JTF was one of the major points of discussion in the recent meetings Borno elders had with President Goodluck Jonathan. 

The elders stated that the brutal tactic adopted by the JTF was hampering intelligence gathering and could make residents shy away from providing information to security agencies.



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  • Salisu Dan Gombe

    The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are at it again. Recall the famous Gloria Okon cocaine case staged by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani under the leadership of IBB? This is another similar one by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani who dominate and control Nigeria Security Agencies and are also fiercely loyal to Boko Haram and the cause of violent Islamization of Nigeria at all costs. I am convinced that just like the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani dominated Security Agencies allowed dishonorable Hon. Farouk Lawan to go home every evening while in Police custody, they have arranged for the escape of Habibu Bama and are now telling us lies that he is dead in custody. I for one cannot be deceived by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. I insist that Habibu Bama is not dead. The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani elements controlling the Security Agencies have set him free from custody.

    • tmotmo

      I dont think you are really sane. Every problem of this country to people like you is from Northern Muslim-fulani abi? What of Ife-Modakeke crisis by Southern Christian Yorubas? What Kidnapping By Southern/Eastern Christian Ibos and Ijaws? What of fake drug manufacturing by Eastern Christian Ibos. What of child Trafficking by Southern Christian Calabar people to cameroun? The list is endless. To solve the problem of this country, it is not from the myopic view of people like you that will lead us to the right direction.
      God Bless Nigerians

  • Isah

    There is one thing i deduce from this whole story,and that is insincerity.First of all,the so called knowledgeable source as spoken of in the report is definitely a fiction of this reporter’s imagination,because journalists from the electronic media with first hand information revealed to us that Habeeb was armed when sighted by the JTF.It was even reported that he threw the first shot.How could he have been gotten alive in such circumstance? Maybe our muslim leaders are at it again,always trying to twist issues to suit their interests.

  • 2006Ken9

    What is extra judicial killing in this instant case. A serial killer being gunned down has become extra judicial killing. Please spare us this rubbish. He who lives by the sword will surely die by the sword. If only these Boko haram members and sponsors could all be killed by JTF, peace will then be restored. The press should stop stoking sentiments and problems. No doubt the reporter was so biased that he lost his sense of objectivity.

  • Wazirinbaura

    Most ppl from southern part of nigeria have shallow brains that is why they always reason the same way