DSS confirms arrest of UN building bomber
The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the arrest and detention of Mohammed Usman, known as Khalid AL-Barnawi, believed to be the mastermind of the 2011 bombing of the United Nations Building in Abuja.
According to statement issued by the service and signed by Tony Opiuyo, the alleged culprit would be taken to court as soon as investigations are completed. The statement said the arrest of Usman, who goes by many aliases, is a major breakthrough in the effort to ride the country of terrorists, as the suspect has perpetrated many other heinous crimes, ranging from kidnapping of expatriates, murder as well as coordinated acts of terrorism.
According to the statement, Al-Barnawi, who was hiding under false cover in Kogi State was a founding member of the Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid Da’wah Wa’l-Jihad (Boko Haram) and later the Amir of the break-away faction, Jama’at Ansarul Muslimim Fi Biladi Sudan (JAMBS).
Opiuyo stated that the suspect is a trained terrorist commander, who has been coordinating terrorist activities in Nigeria, while talent-spotting and recruiting vulnerable young Nigerians for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in North African States and the Middle-East.
The statement also disclosed that Usman was involved in many terrorist attacks in Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Sokoto States and the FCT-Abuja, which resulted in the killing of many innocent citizens.
“Usman is responsible for the bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja, on August 26, 2011; the kidnap of two European civil engineers in Kebbi State in May, 2011 and their subsequent murder in Sokoto State; the kidnap of a German engineer, Edgar Raupach in January, 2012; the kidnap and murder of seven expatriate staff of Setraco Construction Company at Jama’are, in Bauchi State in February, 2013; the attack of Nigerian troops at Okene in Kogi State, while on transit to Abuja for an official assignment,” it said.