Controversy has trailed the alleged arrest of a suspected kingpin of the militant Boko Haram lslamist sect said to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, Saturday in Abuja. A section of the media had reported that the suspect, identified as Mallam Kabir Sokoto, was arrested by the police while hiding in the Borno Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
However, LEADERSHIP’s checks revealed that the suspect might have been arrested in a joint agency operation in Abaji, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). A top police officer, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the suspects was tracked down by an undisclosed sister agency believed to be the State Security Service (SSS), but was arrested in a joint agency operation. According to him, Malam Sokoto was handed over to the said agency and investigation was ongoing to arrest other members of the sect involved in the bombing.