Desperate to get the suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing arrested, the Nigerian police force have put a ransom of 50million naira on the head of the Boko Haram suspect Kabiru Umar (also known as Kabiru Sokoto).
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olusola Amore, gave a detailed description of the suspect: last known address -Bulletin Quarters, Abaji, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Age -28 years; fair in complexion and speaks English, Hausa and Arabic fluently.
Sokoto, who was arrested by the police in Abuja last Saturday in connection with the Christmas Day bombing at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, reportedly escaped from a team of policemen who escorted him to his Abaji, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) home for a search on Monday.
A statement released by the police reads: “The Police High Command has declared Kabiru Umar (a.k.a. Kabiru Sokoto) wanted in connection with cases of bombing and terrorism across the Northern states of the Federation, especially the Christmas-Day bombing of a church at Madalla, Niger State, which resulted into wanton destruction of lives and properties.”
“Kabiru Umar, who hails from Biu, Borno State, was last known to be residing at Bulletin Quarters, Abaji, FCT. He is aged 28 years, fair in complexion and speaks English, Hausa and Arabic languages fluently.”
“The Nigeria Police has, therefore, placed a monetary reward of N50 million for anyone who has useful information regarding whereabouts of the suspect or that will lead to his arrest.
“Such a person “should please report to the nearest Police Station nationwide.”
The Presidency is believed to be considering the removal of the police chief Hafiz Ringim as he has been given a query to show why he should not be punished for negligence since the ultimate responsibility to keep the escapee was his.
Police Commissioner Zakari Biu is also on suspension over Sokoto’s escape.
The police force has engaged other security agencies to re-arrest Sokoto.
All international airlines have been advised to strengthen security and conduct a thorough search of passengers before boarding.”