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The end might in sight for the violent Boko Haram sect following the re-
arrest of one its hit men, Kabiru Umar alias Sokoto, the mastermind of the
deadly Christmas Day bombing of the St Therasa’s Catholic Church,
Madalla, Niger State in which 43 people were killed.
Re-arrest of Umar by a combined team of State Security Service, SSS,
operatives and soldiers in Taraba State on Thursday brings to two leading
members of the violent sect nabbed in two weeks. The other is Abdul Qaqa,
the sect’s spokesman who was arrested recently in Kaduna.
Umar who was earlier arrested at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge,
Asokoro District Abuja escaped from Police custody in questionable
circumstances while being escorted to his Abaji house for security search.
His mysterious escape incidentally cost the former Inspector General of
Police, Mr Hafiz Ringim, and six other top cops their jobs.
Umar was arrested on Friday while hiding behind a cloth drying rack at
Mutum Biu Village along the Wukari-Jalingo Highway near Taraba State.
Sources informed our reporter that security operatives were on his trial for
three consecutive weeks before he was finally nabbed.
His call logs also contributed to what gave him out, our source added, as he
was said to be in constant communication with Qaqa who was earlier
arrested in Kaduna.
“During the dawn raid, Kabiru Sokoto sandwiched himself in the clothes
rack within the compound to evade arrest but our vigilant operatives located
him. He was re-arrested with his elder brother. The SSS team took time to
ascertain that it was Kabiru Sokoto that was really re-arrested. Apart from
his photograph and finger prints, a few security searches were also
conducted. Thereafter, the SSS broke the news”, our source volunteered.
Consequently both Umar and his elder brother, in whose company he was
arrested, were immediately flown to Abuja at about 1pm from Jalingo in an
Air Force Plane.
It was gathered that the SSS leadership immediately briefed President
And the National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi of the re-arrest of
one of the most wanted suspects in the country.
Just before his exit from the Nigeria Police Force, the ex-IGP Ringim had
placed a N50million ransom for anyone who could volunteer a lead on how
to re-arrest Umar.
SSS spokesperson, Marylin Ogar, who confirmed the arrest told journalists
that the re-arrest was a joint effort of the military and the SSS
“Kabir Sokoto, who has been linked with the Christmas Day bombings at
Madalla, Suleja, Niger State, was picked up from where he was hiding in a
clothes-rack, at the residence of an accomplice. On his escape, he had
taken refuge at Umaisha in Toto Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa
State before he fled to Taraba State where he was eventually rearrested,”
In view of this, the SSS disclosed that the accomplices, who could not give
Kabiru up in spite of the whopping N50million ransom, were also arrested
with him, but were not paraded.
Umar had escaped on January 14, barely two days after being picked up at
the Borno State Governor’s lodge in Abuja, following an intensive
surveillance on him for six months by 66 police detectives drawn from the
Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), the Counter Terrorism Unit
and Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Our reporter gathered that a chuck of the officers involved in monitoring his
itinerary for several months before his eventual arrest in Abuja, were about
45 Assistant Superintendents of police (ASPs) who were trained on tracking
devices and counter-terrorism operations in Israel, shortly after the bombing
of the police force headquarters on June 16, 2011.
It was also gathered that an analysis of his mobile phone recovered by
police detectives after his arrest, had revealed stunning recorded
conversations with frontline members of the Boko Haram sect as well as
some prominent members of the society.
Among such recordings in the phone, according to highly dependable
sources, was his conversation with the suicide bomber who struck at the
Louis Edet House police headquarters in Abuja, a few moments before the
Umar born to the family of Umaru Jabbi of Gagi village, Sokoto south LGA of
Sokoto State had his primary education at Model Primary School, Gagi
town in 1996.
He gained admission into the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Sokoto in
2005. There he manifested early signs religious extremism and anti-
Umar, according to our source would soon be charged in court as soon as
investigations by the security operatives is concluded.
Umar Sokoto, runaway Boko Haram
re-arrested in Taraba State
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