5 Boko Haram militants charged over bomb attacks in Nigeria

Nigerian federal government charges five Boko Haram suspects for Nyanyan, Kuje bombings

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Nyanya after the bomb explosion

The Federal High Court in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, arraigned five suspects on Thursday in connection with the Nyanyan and Kuje bombings, which killed 18 people and injured 41 others earlier this month.

The accused individuals were identified as, Abdulazeez Muhazab, Ishaka Salihu, Mohammed Jimoh, Abdulwaheed Nasiru and Abdullahi Nasiru.

On October 2, three attackers targeted townships of Kuje and Nyanya, first suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in Kuje, at the same time, the other suicide bomber, who was near a market also blew himself up causing the deaths of 15 people, five minutes later, another suicide bomber targeted a bus stop in Nyanya, killing three people.

The defendants, aged between 26-34, are being accused of assassination and acts of terrorism. They have pleaded not guilty, but one suspect admitted to possessing "Items suspected to be used for manufacturing improvised explosive devices" or IEDs.

Items have been listed as, 27 pieces of detonators, chemicals and 23 ready-made IEDs as well as fertiliser.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s police chief said that Boko Haram militants are creating bombs from iPads and cellphones and leaving them for people to find and use.

Inspector General Solomon E. Arase said, "Suspects were arrested in Abuja with dangerous bomb making tools.”  He also warned people not to take or use iPads, phones or laptops they find, “as terrorists now use these items in manufacturing bombs.”

Aresa also added that, 12 "prepared and primed" home-made explosives hidden in soft drink cans have been seized.

Boko Haram militant group has conducted hundreds of bomb attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, killing at least 17,000 people and forcing 2.5 million others to flee their homes since 2009.

TRTWorld and agencies