Army Arrests Suspects Of Madalla Christmas Day Bombing


Four alleged Boko Haram suspects responsible for the Christmas day bomb blast that killed about 44 persons and wounded over 75 others at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church at Madalla, Niger State has been arrested by the Nigeria Army at Alkaleri town in Bauchi state.

The surveillance Victor Moses who seen hovering around a mosque in Alkaleri town claiming that he want to convert to Islam was arrested alongside three other suspects Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.

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Victor Moses who hailed from Benue State confessed that he is conducting surveillance for Boko Haram 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 suspects were paraded before the Chief Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who was present in Bauchi on an official assignment. The Brigade Commandant of 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu who confirmed the arrest of the suspects on Monday said they were arrested following information from the public. He said:

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. With the information given to our men by Victor Moses, the other three suspects were arrested.

General Dosu added that the suspects will be handed over to Joint Intelligent Centre in Maiduguri for further interrogation after their investigation.

The Madalla Christmas day attack took place at St.Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State on December 25, 2011 when a man on a motorbike dropped a bag just outside the church premises and drove off one of  the church officials went out to check what was in the bag and as he reached out to touch the bag, it exploded. The attack left about 44 worshipers dead and over 70 terribly injured.