A man alleged to be a Boko Haram spy who worked for the group to bomb the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Madalla in Niger State on Christmas Day in 2011 was yesterday paraded by the Nigerian Army in Bauchi.
The blast killed 44 people and wounded 75 others.
According to the army, Victor Moses, believed to be an indigene of Benue State, was arrested in Alkaleri town of Bauchi State near a mosque, claiming he wanted to convert to Islam.
He was arrested with three other suspects-Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.
They were paraded before the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, at the 33 Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks in Bauchi. The Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu, said they were arrested on a tip-off.
“Our troops on duty in Alkaleri arrested Victor Moses after receiving a report from people in the area that the suspect had been loitering around the mosque claiming he was a Christian and wanted to convert to Islam but because he is not from the area, they suspected him and reported to our men.
“Victor Moses confessed to conducting surveillance for Boko Haram when in a shop belonging to Abubakar Shetima Bama in Jos while Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki are based in Gombe,” he said.
Brig General Dosu said after investigation, the suspects would be handed over to the Joint Intelligent Centre in Maiduguri.