Mastermind of Abuja bombing arrested: Nigeria

Police had placed a $156,250 bounty on their heads, while the Nigerian Bureau of the Interpol issued an alert for his arrest.

Mastermind of Abuja bombing arrested: Nigeria

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Nigerian government said Wednesday that the alleged mastermind of last month's deadly bombing in the capital Abuja has been arrested in Sudan.

"Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche who was earlier declared wanted has been arrested in Sudan," Mike Omeri, director general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), told reporters.

Ogwuche, described on Monday as an army deserter, had been declared wanted alongside another suspect in the bombing that claimed 75 lives.

Police had placed a $156,250 bounty on their heads, while the Nigerian Bureau of the Interpol issued an alert for his arrest.

Omeri said that procedures to extradite the alleged mastermind to Nigeria are underway.

"We will provide more information on his arrest as soon as possible," he added.

Secret police spokesperson Marilyn Ogar had on Monday declared Ogwuche and one Rufai Tsiga wanted as she paraded five other persons fingered in the deadly attack.

They are expected to face terrorism charges punishable by life sentence under the country's anti-terrorism law of 2011.

Ogwuche is said to have served in the intelligence unit of the Nigerian Army between 2001 and 2006.

In 2001, he had been arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorism but he had been released in 2012 to his father, a retired colonel of the Nigerian Army.

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