A series of bomb attacks were carried out in Nigeria on Christmas Day, 2011. Reports indicate that the Boko Haram Islamic group claimed responsibility for the attacks., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Suspect Names Security Personnel In Terror Attacks .
Saturday, 29 September 2012 00:00 From Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri News - National
SOME security personnel have been named among those carrying out terrorist attacks in the country. The disclosure came from the confessions of a high-profile Boko Haram member arrested by the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Most of these personnel have been arrested, while security agencies are on the trail of others.
According to the JTF, the suspect, Ahmed Grema Mohammed, was apprehended at a checkpoint on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road while on his way to kill a former special adviser to the immediate past governor of the state.
Mohammed is an officer of the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) attached to the Nangere office of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yobe State.
News of the arrest was contained in a JTF statement signed by the task force spokesman, Lt. Col Sagri Musa, and made available to The Guardian.
The statement said Mohammed had been on the wanted lists in the country. He was arrested on August 17, this year for impersonating a Lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.
The state read in part: “Mohammed confessed to be actively involved in the killings of some senior civil servants, security agents, and politicians in Damaturu who spoke against the activities of Boko Haram, particularly the former chairman of Damboa Council, Alhaji Lawal Kawu.
“He also took part in the attack on the old Police Headquarters in Damaturu, where some policemen were killed and large quantity of arms and ammunition carted away.
“In addition, he was among the terrorists that attacked Damaturu Prison, burnt some primary schools, the State CID office and the Police Safety Vehicle, among others.”
Musa added that the suspect has been an active member of the sect long before the crises of July 2009.
“The suspect revealed to JTF that he and 15 other members of the organization were intensively trained for three months on G3 and AK 47 rifles, as well as in assassinations and special operations in Niger Republic.
“He also revealed names of some security personnel that participated in terrorists’ attacks in Borno and Yobe states.