BY PRINCE YEMI ITODO
*Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche has been arrested in Sudan. He is suspected to be one of the people who planned and eexecuted the Nyanya bombing.
Malam Ogwuche, one of the Masterminders of the Nyanya bomb blast of 14th April 2014 who was declared wanted on Monday by the SSS and placed a bounty of N25m upon has been arrested.
Information reaching me says Malam Ogwuche was arrested yesterday in Sudan by the Military Attache of the Nigerian High Commission in Sudan, following a tip off after he was declared wanted by Nigerian Government alongside the Major Actor in the bombing, Abubakar Rufai Tsiga (aka Dr. Tsiga), an owner of a pharmacy shop in Utako Village, Abuja.
Since the news of his involvement in the Nyanya bombing went viral on the media, a lot of comments have been made on his place of origin. The media claims Mr. Ogwuche hails from Orokam in Benue State while some Benue chaps have come out openly to denounce him.
From my latest research and personal investigation on Malam Ogwuche, it appears that he is a son of Col. Agene Ogwuche (Rtd), who hails from Ukporo village in Orokam ward I, Orokam district of Ogbadibo LGA of Benue State.
Ogwuche is an UK-born Nigerian who later got converted into islam by his father, Col. Agene Ogwuche who is said to be the Chief Security Officer of Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Zaria.
Col. Ogwuche is also reported to be an Islamic Fundamentalist ever since he got converted to Islam and he has been instilling the tenets of Islam on his children and other family members.
Col. Agene Ogwuche is said to have single-handedly built the only mosque in Orokam town.
Before he got converted to Islam, Malam Sadiq Ogwuche was known and called EMMANUEL, a Christain name which means ‘God is with us’.
He was trained by the Nigerian Army and due to his level of intelligence, he was made to serve at the intelligent unit of Army formation in Lagos State from the period of 2001 to 2006.
To add more value to the army, Young and handsome Sadiq Ogwuche was transfered to the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA in Kaduna State where he deserted the army and ran away to the United Kindom.
By June 2011, Malam Ogwuche returned to Nigeria but was swiftly arrested by the operatives of the DSS at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and held up for allegations of multiple involvement in terrorist related activities while in the UK.
The Nigerian Security Operatives and indeed the Nigerian Government came under severe criticism while the hold-up lasted. The Human Right Groups mounted inmense pressure on the security and threatened to sue the formation for voilating the fundamental rights of Malam Ogwuche.
Coupled with the pressure from his father, Col. Ogwuche, the suspect was released on bail by October 2012.
An international report has it that the UK authority has stripped 37 Nigerians of British citizenship since the year 2010. The move which apparently affected Mr. Ogwuche may have informed his enrolment at an International Islamic School in Sudan, where he still undergoes studies till date.
Now that Malam Ogwuche has been arrested, I think he should be able to explain his origin and how he got himself involved in Boko Haram activities in Nigeria.