Police Arrest Four Suspected Boko Haram Members Planning To Attack Atiku’s House In Adamawa

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The Adamawa State Police Command has successfully apprehended four suspected members of the notorious Boko Haram group who were allegedly planning to attack the residence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Yola, the state capital.

Police Arrest Four Suspected Boko Haram Members Planning To Attack Atiku's House In Adamawa
Atiku Abubakar

The Police Public Relations Officer for Adamawa State, Suleiman Yahaya Nguroje, confirmed the development, shedding light on the details of the operation.

According to Nguroje, the arrests were made right in front of Atiku Abubakar’s residence, and upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to being Boko Haram members, admitting that their mission was to carry out attacks on strategic locations within the state, including the former vice president’s house.

Subsequently, the police handed over the suspects to the military for further investigation, considering the gravity of their alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

Atiku’s media office also released a statement providing crucial details about the arrests. The prime suspect, identified as Jubrila Mohammed, was caught attempting to scout the location of the former vice president’s home in Yola on Sunday.

The media office further revealed that additional suspects were apprehended based on information provided by Jubrila Mohammed during police interrogation.

The statement from Atiku’s media office read, “We wish to alert the Nigerian public that at about 9:44 pm on Sunday, 23 July 2023, a man seeking to confirm the residence of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar in Yola was apprehended at the gate of the residence. Upon further interrogation by the police, the suspect identified himself as a 29-year-old Jubrila Mohammed and confessed to being a Boko Haram member from Damboa in Borno state.

“The suspect also informed the police that he and his colleagues, who were later arrested too, intended to attack organizations associated with Atiku Abubakar and some other sensitive locations in Yola. All four suspects have been handed over to military authorities.”

In the wake of the arrest, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised allegations that the planned attack on the former vice president’s residence was orchestrated by forces attempting to undermine Atiku’s bid to retrieve his mandate at the presidential election petition tribunal.

“Our party believes that the intent of the sponsors of this evil plot is to silence our presidential candidate, massacre innocent Nigerians, and cause chaos, confusion, and anarchy in the polity,” the statement reads.

“The opposition party has called upon security agencies to launch a thorough investigation to identify and apprehend those responsible for this sinister plot.

The successful foiling of this planned attack by the security forces has underscored the ongoing threat posed by extremist groups in the country. Authorities remain vigilant in their efforts to protect the nation and its citizens from any potential acts of terror.

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