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Bring Lagos terror suspect to Abuja, IG orders

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Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman
Abba.

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman
Abba, has directed that the suspected suicide
bomber arrested near the Murtala Mohammed
International Airport, Lagos, on Monday be moved to
Abuja
.
A security source said that the IG ordered the
transfer of the physically-challenged terror suspect to
Abuja for immediate interrogation and investigation
into his activities.

The source said that the suspected insurgent would
be in Abuja on Tuesday evening in view of the
urgency of the IG’s directive.

The suspected suicide bomber was said to have
attempted to bomb the annex office of the Nigerian
Airspace Management Agency, located inside the
Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, when he was
apprehended by security personnel on Monday.
The physically-challenged suspect whose name was
yet to be ascertained was reportedly arrested with
suspected explosives around his neck.

The suspect, who was later handed over to the police
by Airport security operatives, was subsequently
taken to the Airport Police headquarters along the
Ikeja- Airport Road.

The source said that investigation would also focus
on the mental state of the suspect and the veracity of
the statements he was said to have made to security
operatives.

It was learnt that security operatives would not rush
to make any statement about the suspect in order to
avoid sending out wrong information to the public.
It was further learnt that prior to the directive to
move the suspect to the Force Headquarters, the
Police in Lagos had been looking at claims that the
terror suspect might have mental challenges.
Security operatives were said to be investigating the
canisters that were said to be in custody of the
suspect when he was arrested with a view to finding
out whether they were Improvised Explosive Devices
or not.

The source said that the security operatives would
ensure a holistic investigation into the incident in
spite of claims that the cripple was known in the area
to be of unstable mind.

The source said, “That suspect has been moved to
Abuja; the police are the ones investigating the
matter.

“Today, the IG issued an urgent directive that the
suspect should be moved to Abuja immediately and I
think that has been done.

“Although, there are issues about the state of mind of
the man, but we are not taking any chances; the
matter would be investigated thoroughly.”

The NAMA General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Supo
Atobatele, had said that the suspect was on the
ground making phone calls and that he could not
offer coherent explanation when accosted, hence his
arrest.

Meanwhile, security was tightened at the Lagos
Airports on Tuesday, following the arrest of the
suspect.

One of our correspondents reported that most
passengers and operators around the airport were
subjected to vigorous security checks by security
officials.

General Manager, Corporate Communications,
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Yakubu
Dati, said on Tuesday that the issue of security of
passengers and the airports remained important
“The issue of safety and security of the airport has
remained our priority and the various security
agencies are collaborating with us for a secure and
safe environment,” he said.

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