In Nigeria, the State Security Service, SSS, on Sunday offered a 25 million naira (about USD 167,000) reward for information on the mastermind of the August 26th bombing of the UN building in Abuja that killed 23 people.
“A reward of 25 million naira is being offered for information that could lead directly to the apprehension or conviction of Mamman Nur … identified as the mastermind” of the attack, the State Security Service (SSS) said.
According to the spokesperson of the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, “Following the bombing of the UN building … by Boko Haram, Mammman Nur was identified as the mastermind and security agencies subsequently declared him wanted,” the SSS said in the statement.
The SSS text requested members of the public to give any information on the suspect to the nearest police station, military formation or any other security agency.
The SSS attached the photograph of Nur to the e-mail statement.
“He is still declared wanted,” said the statement signed by the SSS spokeswoman, Marilyn Ogar.
A suicide bomber on August 26 made his way through a gauntlet of security at the UN’s main compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja, forcing his way through the gate before ramming into the building where he denoted a bomb.
The resulting explosion blew out the building’s first two floors, killing 23 people and leaving 116 others wounded, some seriously.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will hold talks with several world leaders on the sidelines of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly this week in New York, his office said in a statement on Sunday.