After a car with registration number Kogi LKJ 919 AA, rigged with explosive devices, exploded in Okene on Sunday, a bomb and explosive factory has been discovered in an apartment in Kogi State.
The building also houses a church and a mosque at Okaito, a remote village in Okehi LGA of the state. On the building was an inscription: “Any weapon fashioned against me shall not prosper.”
The Kogi State Police Commissioner, Mr Muhammed Katsina, while addressing newsmen, on Monday, said that through the efforts of the police command’s expanded strategic network, it got intelligence report on the location of the factory, where the bombs and explosives were being manufactured.
According to him, what baffled him was that, in the same bomb factory were a church and a mosque, adding that bibles, rosaries, pictures of Jesus Christ and other Christian worship materials were found, just as copies of the Holy Qur’an were also recovered from another room that served as mosque.
He said, in a joint operation between the police and the army, the security officers stormed the factory and recovered the items.
The police boss, who declined to mention the owner of the said building, stressed that investigation was ongoing and warned property owners, particularly landlords, to investigate properly those who they were renting their houses to.
He added that anyone involved in the process of causing crisis in and around the state, no matter how highly placed, would not be spared.
Katsina, who also paraded the suspect and items recovered from the bomb factory, described the incident as a case of miscreants who were engaged in criminal activities across the state.
Items recovered from the bomb factory included, 46 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), 15 capacitors, 15 fuses, three bottles of potassium chloride, five litres of acid and one electrical detonator.
Others were, roll of firing cables, 250m detonating cord, three remote controlled siren GSM sets, nails of various sizes, ammunition, motorcycle, bibles, Qur’ans and other household items.
It will be recalled that from December 2011 till date, four different bomb factories have been uncovered in Kogi State, with one in Kabba, the western axis of the state, while the remaining three were in Okene, Okehi and Adavi areas, all in the central area of the state.
Meanwhile, a suspected terrorist in Kaduna has led the police to a hideout in Rafin Guza village, where explosive devices were manufactured to cause mayhem and kill innocent people, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Mohammad Jinjiri Abubakar, has said.
Mr Abubakar spoke to newsmen on Monday shortly after he displayed materials for the manufacture of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered, following the confession of an unnamed terrorist, who was arrested in Kaduna.
The commissioner said in the police continued clampdown on criminal elements in the state, on Monday, July 16, at about 0200 hours, a confessed terrorist led a team of detectives to Rafin-Guza area, where a hideout was raided and a bomb-making powder, different cans of explosives, two bags of chemicals, two masks, eight car alarms, four khaki uniforms and one AK47 with 27 rounds of live ammunition were recovered.
Commenting on the arrest of two gunmen in Kaduna on Sunday, Abubakar said that,’ on Sunday, July 15, at about 1030hours, following distress calls, as sporadic gunshots were being fired at Hayin Taro-Taro, Rigasa area, a police patrol team raced to the scene. The team discovered that three gunmen on a motorcycle were attacking the residence of one Aliyu Abdulwahab, the district head of Afaka, when people who sighted them raised the alarm.
“The gunmen continued to shoot indiscriminately in their bid to escape, injuring seven persons in the process. Police and army patrol teams, assisted by youths around, went in hot pursuit and arrested two of the gunmen, Nura Abubakar and Mohammed Kabir, who had been injured at Mahuta village.
“IEDs and two AK47 rifles, three magazines and ammunition were recovered from the two gunmen.The two suspects are in the custody of the 1 Division Nigerian Army, while seven injured victims are being treated at 44 Army Reference Hospital , Kaduna,” he said.
In a related development, the police have arrested three bandits out of a gang of four operating on two motorcycles, who stormed a gas station at Maraban Yakawada .
The Kaduna State commissioner of police gave the names of the armed bandits who were arrested, while attempting to rob the manager of the gas station as Ibrahim Usman, Zakari Hassan and Umar Mohammed, saying the police recovered an IED, one AK47 rifle with 28 rounds of ammunition, one Revolver with six rounds of ammunition, four expended ammunition, one Nokia handset and one motorcycle from them.
He assured that his command would not relent in its efforts to keep the state free of criminal elements.
46 bombs recoved by Police from building housing church, mosque