Nigerian Army

. Alleged member of the Madalla bombing nabbed

Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi

An alleged Boko Haram member, believed to have carried out the surveillance of St.Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, before it was bombed on a Christmas day killing about 44 persons and injuring over 75 others was on Monday paraded along three other suspected Boko Haram members by the Nigeria Army in Bauchi, Bauchi state.

The alleged Boko Haram surveillance, named Victor Moses, was said to have been arrested while hovering around a mosque in Alkaleri town. He was said to have claimed that he was “hanging around the Mosque because he wanted to convert to Islam”.

Moses, who hailed from Benue state. was arrested along three other suspects Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.

The suspects were paraded before the Chief Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, who was in Bauchi on an official engagement.

Parading the suspects before newsmen at Shadawanka Barrack in Bauchi Monday, the Brigade Commander of 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu said the suspects were arrested following information from the public.

According to him,” our troops on duty in Alkaleri arrested Victor Moses after receiving report from the people in the area that the suspect, Victor Moses has been loitering around the mosque claiming that he is a Christian and want to convert to Islam but because he is not from the area, they suspected him and reported to our men.

“Victor Moses confessed that he is conducting surveillance for Boko Haram,and that sometimes he stays in the shop of Abubakar Shetima Bama who is based in Jos while the other two accomplice, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki are based in Gombe.

The Brigade Commander added that”with the information given to our men by Victor Moses, the other three suspects were arrested.

General Dusu said the suspects after investigation will be handed over to the Joint Intelligence Centre in Maiduguri for further interrogation.