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Masterminds Of Nyanya Bomb Blasts Nabbed – Jonathan



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President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday revealed that the masterminds of

the two deadly bomb blasts that rocked Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal

Capital Territory have been arrested and are currently helping the

security agencies in their efforts to unmask their financiers.

Jonathan spoke while fielding questions from journalists at the end of

the 24th World Economic Forum for Africa, WEFA, held in Abuja which

ended yesterday.


He also said that the Federal Government had earmarked $10 million as

matching grant to the efforts by the international community to rescue

the 230 abducted female students of the Government Girls Secondary

School, GGSS, Chibok in Borno State.

Jonathan said he had declared a total war on Boko Haram ‘’terror

group’’ to rout it out of existence in the country, warning that

anybody thinking that the spate of bombings and other devastation

activities by the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria would force his

administration to bend over forward and negotiate power with the sect

or their sponsors should rather have a re-think as such a situation

would not arise.

He however, reiterated that the successful hosting of the WEFA in

Abuja in spite of threats by the insurgents was a clear demonstration

that the days of Boko Haram were numbered as they will soon be smoked

out with the help of the international community and made to face the

consequences of their evil deeds.

”Boko Haram is a terror group and as journalists you should know the

meaning of terror. Before the 9/11 no body in the US or UK imagined

the dimension of terrorists in the world. You can not be too sure of

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what ideology that drives their leaning. Sometimes, it is from the

religious sentiments… but   we need to combine so many factors to

underscore their driving spirit .

But I want to advice that the terrorists should also know that they

don’t do certain things and get away with it because most of these

activities are criminal offenses and they should know that when they

are caught, they would pay dearly for it. ‘’For instance, I can tell

you that the masterminds of the last Nyanya bomb blast have been

arrested and would face the long arm of the law.

”I want to assure also that sooner than later, the abducted Chibok

school girls would also be rescued with the help of the global

community and we will use remote sensing technology to smoke them out

to face the consequences,” Jonathan added.

Also, the US Marines currently in Nigeria to help the government

combat Boko Haram terrorists have made their first arrests taking two

male suspects into custody after they were found in possession of arms

and ammunition during a targeted search.

The two suspected Boko Haram members were arrested at Any¬ibe in Logo

Local Gov¬ernment Area of Benue State.

According to the Director of Defence Information, DDI, Major General

Chris Olukolade,   the duo, including a teenager and an elderly man,

were arrested during a cordon-and-search operation and found to be in

possession of firearms.

Weapons found in their possession included two rifles, three locally

fabricated pistols and 61 rounds of special ammunition.

Earlier, at a separate briefing by the Coordinating Minister for the

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Economy and Minster of Finance, Dr.( Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala and

former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown among other WEF

Officials, had expressed the desire of both the Nigerian government

and the international community to continue with the agitation of the

Bring back the Chibok Girls campaign.

Brown described the adoption of the school girls as ‘’disgusting and

devilish’’ but assured that the international community would not

stand by and watch the senseless action by Boko Haram to scuttle the

educational desire of innocent girls. He further said that the global

community was already mobilizing million of dollars to combat the

”There is nothing going to stand between the Nigerian children from

going to school. There will be multi- million pounds from the

international community to ensure that every boy and girl has

opportunity to go school in Nigeria through the save school initiative

launched by the Nigerian Private Sector Initiative,” NPSI.

On her own part, the Okonjo-Iweala expressed satisfaction over the

successful hosting of the WEFA and adding that Nigeria used the

opportunity of the forum to canvass for investments and other

networking between local businessmen and the foreign investors that

attended the meetings.

”We are grateful for the first WEF in Africa. The attendance was very

strong with over 1000 delegates from all over the world. The forum was

a success because it enabled us to mobilize the support to bring back

the girls. We also managed to mobilize the international support and

the local ones too,’’ She said.

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