The mastermind Of The Christmas Day Bombing Met Behind Closed Doors With GEJ’s People

The alleged mastermind of the December 25, 2011 bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State, Kabiru Sokoto, on Monday denied meeting with members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North.

Members of the committee, who are working on how to extend amnesty to the Boko Haram sect, reportedly met behind closed doors with Sokoto and other suspected members of the group currently being held in Kuje Prisons, Abuja, on Thursday.

The Minister of Special Duties, and Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Turaki, was said to have led the amnesty panel to the meeting.

However, Sokoto, speaking through one of his lawyers, Mr. Sharif Okoh, has denied meeting the committee.

Okoh spoke to journalists shortly after an Abuja Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, adjourned hearing in the ongoing trial of Sokoto over a two counts bordering on terrorism.

The lawyer noted that Sokoto was in court all through the day (Thursday, May 9, 2013), when the said meeting took place.

He also pointed out that Sokoto was being held in the custody of the State Security Service, and not in the Kuje Prisons, where the reported meeting with the amnesty committee took place.

Okoh said, “We were here (in court) with our client when the members of the committee told the whole world that they visited Kabiru in Kuje prison.

“We (counsel) have asked him and he has said again and again that no member of that committee or any other committee visited him.

“So that means that these honourable members of the Nigerian society (amnesty committee members) are telling lies about something that they initiated.”

Earlier, during the continued hearing in the trial, the presiding judge, Justice Ademola had wondered how the amnesty committee met Sokoto on Thursday, May 9, 2013, when he was in the court all through the day.

Meanwhile, testifying while under cross-examination by the defence counsel, a masked prosecution witness, identified by the court as Mr. ABC in order to protect his identity, said the December 25, 2011 bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church was not a suicide attack.

The witness, who is a police officer attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Taskforce on Terrorism and Heinous Crimes, which participated in the initial arrest of Sokoto before he escaped from custody only to be re-arrested by officers of the SSS, said the explosives used in the bombing of the church, were placed in a vehicle parked by the church.

Mr. ABC also told the court that Sokoto confessed that he received a share of N500, 000 from a N40m donation given to the Boko Haram sect.

An Algerian group, whose name translated as ‘People from the sunset’ was said to have made the donation.

Another prosecution witness, identified as Mr. XYZ, had earlier told the court that Sokoto confessed that disagreements over the sharing of the cash donation led to the split of the Boko Haram sect.

At the continuation of his cross-examination by the defence counsel on Monday, Mr. ABC also told the court that Sokoto mentioned the names of two Boko Haram members that carried out the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church bombing.

Mr. ABC said the police was currently looking for the two suspects, named as Bashir Mohammed and Muktari Kafanchan.
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One Response to The mastermind Of The Christmas Day Bombing Met Behind Closed Doors With GEJ’s People

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