The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday declared wanted two suspected individuals believed to have carried out the Nyanya bomb blast of April 14, 2014. They are Rufai Tsiga and his accomplice Aminu Ogwuche an ex-soldier.
They were declared wanted with a ransom of N25 million as reward for anybody that could volunteer information that would lead to their arrest.
Deputy Director of Public Relations of DSS, Marilyn Ogar who addressed the press in Abuja also paraded five suspects in connection with the bombing.
Ogar named the suspects as Ahmad Abubakar, 43, Muhammed Ishaq, 30, Yau Saidu, 28, Anas Isah, 22 and Adamu Yusuf, a cleric, 43.
“Rufai Abubakar Tsiga, a Boko Haram leader, is the mastermind of the bombing of April 14, 2014 at El-Rufai Motor Park, Abuja. Tsiga was actively aided by a co-mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan”, she said, adding that on the night of 13 April, Tsiga and one Muhammed Ishaq, one of the arrested suspects, moved a vehicle laden with explosives to the Nyanya Park where he detonated the explosives,” she said.
Ogar said Ogwuche, a UK-born Nigerian, was a solider with service number SVC 95/104 but deserted the army in 2006.
“He served in the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Army at Child Avenue, Arakan Barracks, Lagos, between 2001 and 2006’’, she said.
She added that Ogwuche was arrested on Nov. 12, 2011 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from the UK for a suspected involvement in terrorism-related activities.
Ogar said he was, however, released on bail to his father, retired Col. Agene Ogwuche on Oct. 15, 2012 following intense pressure from human rights activists, who alleged human rights violation.
The DSS spokesperson said that the arrested suspects claimed that they bombed the park to retaliate the killing of a Boko Haram member at the park a week before the incident.