News / Africa

'Mastermind' of Abuja Blast Back in Nigeria

Photographs of Rufai Abubakar Tsiga (L) and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche are presented to the media by the State Security Service in Abuja, Nigeria, May 12, 2014.
Photographs of Rufai Abubakar Tsiga (L) and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche are presented to the media by the State Security Service in Abuja, Nigeria, May 12, 2014.
Heather Murdock

Nigerian security forces have taken custody of a former army intelligence officer who is accused of "masterminding" a bombing in the capital that killed dozens of people. 

In the early hours of April 14, the Nyanya bus station on the outskirts of Abuja was filled with commuters headed to the center of town for work when two bombs detonated.  At least 71 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
 
The blasts were the first in the capital in two years and by far the most deadly in the city's history.  
 
Nigerian security forces arrested five suspects in May, saying two others, "the masterminds," were at large.  
 
State Security Services spokesperson Marilyn Ogar said one of those suspects, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, was returned to Nigeria on Tuesday.  
 
"Security forces took delivery of Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche who has been extradited from the Sudanese government and has been taken into custody.  The investigation is going to continue and I think very soon he will be charged to court also," he announced.
 
Ogwuche is the British-born son of a retired Nigerian army colonel.  He has previously been arrested on terrorism-related charges.

A soldier and a paramilitary officer help to move part of a damaged car at the scene of a car bomb attack in Nyanya, Abuja, May 2, 2014.A soldier and a paramilitary officer help to move part of a damaged car at the scene of a car bomb attack in Nyanya, Abuja, May 2, 2014.
x
A soldier and a paramilitary officer help to move part of a damaged car at the scene of a car bomb attack in Nyanya, Abuja, May 2, 2014.
A soldier and a paramilitary officer help to move part of a damaged car at the scene of a car bomb attack in Nyanya, Abuja, May 2, 2014.

Officials said the arrest was a major win for Nigerian security forces, which have been criticized heavily for failing to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped in the north on the same day as the Nyanya bombing.
 
Militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing and kidnapping the girls.  The group says it wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law on Nigeria and has been blamed for thousands of deaths this year alone.
 
Since the Nyanya bombing, two other bombings in Abuja have claimed dozens of lives and raised fears that Boko Haram's reach is expanding beyond the northeast, where three states have been under emergency rule for more than a year.
 
"The fight against insurgency and the effort to get our girls back is top priority of the government of Nigeria.  Besides that, this is also evidence that the armed forces of Nigeria and security services and all agencies are working hard to put this thing behind us as a nation," said Nigeria National Information Center Coordinator Mike Omeri.
 
Another alleged mastermind of the bombing, Rufai Abubakar Tsiga, remains missing and the Nigerian government has offered a $150,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.  

You May Like

Kurdish Party Pushes Political Gamble to Run in Turkey Poll

HDP announces it will run as political party instead of fielding independent candidates in June election, but faces tough 10 percent threshold More

Twitter Targets Islamic State

New research shows suspending Twitter accounts of Islamic State, its supporters has been effective; group, its backers are facing 'significant pressure,' says terrorism expert More

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

Majur Juac made the leap from being a refugee in Africa to a master chess champion in US, where he shares his expertise with students More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 16, 2014 1:55 PM
First it is very commendable for the forces to know who carried out the attacks and tracked him until he has been caught. I think that is the biggest surprise from the stables of the Nigerian security system, because it knows next to nothing in this country except when it wants to witch hunt. It's a country where security is for the elite and God for the rest of us. Thank God for whatever reason they have done this. Yet doubts abound if the next move is not going to be concluded on the back complimentary cards to who is who.

Already some people up there are beginning to suggest the innocence of Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche in the bombings, and the next thing might be to tell us he's been released for lack of evidence. We cannot forget so soon that this is a country where a culprit was tried on 130+ count charges and was freed on all, but the same culprit was tried elsewhere in Europe on 3 of the count charges and was convicted on all three. Nigeria's justice system is questionable. Maybe it would want to score a point for itself in this one. Good luck Nigeria

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Spacei
X
Rosanne Skirble
January 27, 2015 5:05 PM
The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Saved By a Mistake - an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life. Now 85, with three children and six grandchildren, she says she has a feeling of victory. This report by Ahmad Wadiei and Farin Assemi, of RFE/RL's Radio Farda is narrated by RFE’s Raymond Furlong.
Video

Video Weekly Protests in Korea Keep Japanese WWII Atrocities Alive

Every week in Seoul protesters gather in front of the Japanese Embassy to demand an apology and reparations from Tokyo for the thousands of South Korean women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. Although this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, these protestors have helped keep the issue of comfort women alive and made it difficult for Japan to move beyond its past wartime atrocities. VOA's Brian Padden reports from Seoul.
Video

Video Exercise: New Prescription for Parkinsons Disease

Exercise could be the new prescription for Parkinson's Disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. More than six million people worldwide suffer from Parkinsons and they're traditionally treated with medication and surgery. Shelley Schlender has more.
Video

Video Brussels Shaken as New Greek Leader Challenges Europe’s Austerity Drive

Greece’s youngest-ever prime minister, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, was sworn in Monday after his victorious far-left Syriza party entered a coalition with far right rivals. Tsipras says he will restore dignity to Greece by ending spending cuts. So begins a new chapter for the country at the epicenter of Europe’s economic crisis - a change that has sent tremors across the continent, as Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

Reports say the U.S. has carried out a drone strike on suspected militants in Yemen, the first after President Barack Obama offered reassurances the U.S. is continuing its counterterrorism operations in the country. The future of those operations has been in question following the collapse last week of Yemen’s government. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Oil Price Drop Troubles Texas Producers

As oil prices have fallen over the past several months, drilling operations have slowed in some parts of the United States - including Texas, the state that surpasses all others in energy production. The Lone Star State’s energy output has been boosted in recent years by development of resources trapped deep below ground in the Eagle Ford shale deposit, which stretches across south central Texas. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Karnes City, Texas, the drop in oil prices has created concerns,
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid