The State Security Service, SSS on Friday re-arrested Kabiru Sokoto, the fugitive alleged mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger. He was re-arrested at Mutum-Biu in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State around 4 am.
He was caught alongside some accomplices, and paraded before journalists at the SSS headquarters in Abuja.
He was hiding in a clothes rack at the residence of an accomplice when he was arrested through the joint effort of the State Security Service (SSS) and the military.
During the dawn raid, Kabiru Sokoto sandwiched himself in the clothes rack within the compound to evade arrest but was located and re-arrested with his elder brother.
The SSS team took time to ascertain that it was Kabiru Sokoto that was really re-arrested. Apart from his photograph and finger prints, a few security searches were also conducted.
He had been on the run for 25 days after escaping from a team of policemen who had taken him to Abaji, near Abuja, for a search of his residence.
Spokesperson for the SSS, Marilyn Ogar said: “He had taken refuge at Umuahia in Toto Local Government Area of Nassarawa State before he fled to Taraba State where he was eventually arrested, adding that the suspect was arrested by a team of SSS officers and soldiers.
Report says the suspect was by chance located when he placed a call to the alleged spokesperson of Boko Haram, Abu Qaqa, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
The commissioner of Police in charge of terrorism in the area, Mr. Zakari Biu, who had purportedly ordered a team to take the then newly arrested suspect for a search at his house in Abaji, Federal Capital Territory during which time he escaped, is currently being tried for his role in Mr. Sokoto’s escape.
According to Ms. Ogar, “Kabiru was instrumental to the visit of late National leader of the Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Yusuf to Gagi Village in February in 2009, during which he (Kabiru) was declared the leader of the sect in Sokoto State,” she said.