Nigeria Police not responsible for bungled prosecution of alleged Nyanya bomber — Spokesperson

IGP Suleiman Abba

The Nigeria Police have denied responsibility for the bungled prosecution of Aminu Ogwuche, a suspected Boko Haram member accused by the government of coordinating a deadly bomb attack in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, in April.

The police said the prosecution of Mr. Ogwuche was handled by the State Security Service, SSS, and the Attorney General of Nigeria, and that police merely helped with the extradition of the suspect from Sudan.

The statement came three days after a federal judge dismissed a two-count terrorism charge against Mr. Ogwuche for the Nyanya attack, which killed more than 70 people.

“For the record, at no time did the Nigeria Police arraign the suspect in court for terrorism related offences,” a spokesperson for the police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said in statement. “Moreover, the purported prosecution/arraignment by the Police could not have happened as the Police could not prosecute a suspect it never arrested, never investigated nor had in its custody.”

The blast at the Nyanya Motor Park occurred during morning peak hours as residents were hurrying to work.

The Nigerian government said Mr. Ogwuche fled to Sudan after coordinating the attack. He was later repatriated to Nigeria to face charges.

At the resumed hearing Monday, the prosecution counsel was absent from court.

“This criminal charge is hereby struck out for want of diligent prosecution by the complainant, Inspector General of Police and his prosecutor,” the judge ruled.

The judge did not however order Mr. Ogwuche’s release, an indication the state could file fresh charges against him.

But the police said their role in the case was only in facilitating the repatriation of Mr. Ogwuche from Sudan to Nigeria.

The force said it was merely requested by the SSS to help coordinate the extradition with Interpol.

After that, police filed charges in court for documentation to secure the approval of the Sudanese government to repatriate Mr. Ogwuche, Mr. Ojukwu said.

The statement, issued Thursday, appeared to highlight the friction within the Nigerian law enforcement community, which analysts have blamed for the poor prosecution of criminal cases in the past.

Read part of the police statement below:

It would be recalled that the Department of State Security (DSS), that had intelligence on the Nyanya Bombing and was investigating it, made a formal request to the Nigeria Police to assist in extraditing one Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche to Nigeria from Sudan, through the Interpol channel of which the Nigeria Police is well versed.

It was at this stage and for this reason that the Nigeria Police Force filed charges against the suspected fugitive Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, based on information that he fled to Sudan.

The filing of charges against the suspect is a legal procedure to enable the Nigeria Police formally request the Sudanese authorities to grant Nigeria’s extradition request in respect of the suspected fugitive.

For the records, copy of filed charge(s) against a fugitive must be appended to documents in support of extradition request made to the host country, which in this case, is Sudan.

These facts were made known to the court when it insisted on the production of the accused even before his extradition to Nigeria.

Following Ogwuche’s extradition which the Nigeria Police accomplished successfully, the DSS, obtained a Court Order to remand the suspect for an initial period of three months in line with the Prevention of Terrorism Act and also liaised with the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation to undertake his prosecution.

For the record, at no time did the Nigeria Police arraign the suspect in court for terrorism related offences. Moreover, the purported prosecution/arraignment by the Police could not have happened as the Police could not prosecute a suspect it never arrested, never investigated nor had in its custody.

It is therefore grossly erroneous, mischievous and malicious to impute lack of diligent prosecution to the Police. The Nigeria Police Force is manifestly and positively committed to the will of Nigerians to rid the nation of violent crimes like terrorism. Many of our officers have paid the supreme sacrifice on account of this.

The Police while respecting the rights of the media to publish, however appeals that due diligent check be observed to ensure that misleading information is not disseminated to the reading public.


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    That is how the Nigerian State loses important cases, even cases of a security nature like the Boko Haram ones. Oh Nigeria!

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  • sammyctu ode

    Both the Nigerian Police and the SSS have become useless not focused agencies of the Nigerian people. We are in the middle of a war with boko haram who continue to kill innocent citizens still both security forces can’t come together to prosecute and fight terrorism. Once this guy is finally released, he will go and plant more bombs to kill innocent Nigerians because we have egotistical not focused security forces who prefer to kill Nigerians, students, conduct illegal raids on opposition parties and commit numerous human rights violations against the people they are expected to protect. One expect the so called IG to start investing in forensic technology, re-train the illiterate police force, train elite forces in intelligence gathering, renovate all the getto police quarters all over the country and many innovative dynamic issues that will compare them to a modern police force. It is time to have a peaceful change of government via election so that we can start rebuilding the totally broken system.

  • Rommel

    The Nigeria police,EFCC,SSS and lately Nigerian army were established to intimidate,harass and extort from the civilian populace,has there been any intelligence received about Boko haram operations from the SSS? what on earth is the use of these establishments? is it only to attack the opposition members? now the blame game has started,Nigeria is in need of immediate rescue from institutional collapse.The country is on auto pilot,nobody is governing Nigeria

  • tundemash

    That is all they know how to do ….. blame , blame and blame others for their own incompetence.
    When the head is rotten ………………….

  • mike

    Bunch of good for nothing organizations under the leadership of a clueless and idealess oga at the top.
    From my observation, pdp is profiting from the activities of boko haram that is why the federal government is turning a blind eye to what is happening. By the time the north east,which happens to be a strong hold of the APC , is completely decimated by insurgency who will vote for APC there.
    It might be possible that this Ogwuche guy has started praising the president hence his release or Sheriff, with the consent of pdp, has a deadlier job for him.
    May God help us.

  • Peace_3

    Is the government afraid the suspect might make indicting revelations? Olisa Metuh of the PDP blamed the Nyanya bombing on the APC. Is this not an opportunity to nail APC as sponsor of terrorism as PDP claimed? Why is there sudden “lack of diligent prosecution” on the part of the government. What further evidence do Nigerians need that the government of Jonathan is the sponsor or enabler of boko haram for political reasons? Jonathan is the sponsor of boko haram.

    • Wähala

      OBJ said Dumbo is evil, methinks the creek crook is a psychopath. The death of 70 people meant nothing to him that’s why he went from the crime scene straight to owambe in Kano… dancing & drinking red wine!

      • Kingsley O. Agbontaen

        I am still in shock and amazed over that action. Who ever gave him the advise must be working against his interest. In any case, Mr. Jonathan should have his own original thinking to do. He is educated and a reasonable man and should demonstrate these.

  • Wähala

    “The Nigerian government” is the greatest impediment in the war against Boko Haram terrorists… so says the US Govt. upon touchdown in Chibok to help with the kidnapping saga. The Obong of DSS, Ita Epeyung, is reputed to be very corrupt. He is also a close of friend of the architect of Dumbo’s murderous North East political policy of destabilizing the region, Ali Modu Sheriff, another pal of Dumbo’s who facilitated Ita’s appointment extension against popular opinion within the service… The IGF Adoke, is notoriously corrupt and manipulative, he used the son of ex-CJN to flaunt the law in favor of the PDP in several cases. But Adoke’s name was iconized in the legendary OPL245 (Malabu) settlement heist. Connecting the dots therefore, lands a discerning mind at the desk of Dr. Dumbo, where the buck stops. Oguche cannot be tried in open court because he works for Abu Modu Sheriff, a close friend of both Ita of DSS and Oga patapata… the triangle of evil responsible for BH terrorism aimed at advancing PDP’s political goal of holding Nigerians in a choking headlock.

  • Bbb

    Mary Ogar, should replace the ogwuche in court, imagine all this useless security agent, when is time for opposition, both SSS and Police we have maximum coperation to diliver to their dumbo Oga. Now you have terrorist in your custody, both of you could not cooperate to get a case of somebody that masterminded iyanyan bomb blast. Shame on you DSS and Police.

    You better released innocent APC member you arrested in Lagos. Foollllll.

  • Otile

    This why I hate tribalism. If President Jonathan was Yoruba Wähala and his Odua tribesmen would not be insulting him every time they make their insane comments.

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