Father Of Nigeria's Bus Station Bombing Mastermind Detained
SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, (THEWILL) â€' The Department of State Security Services has detained the father of the alleged mastermind of the April 14, 2014, bombing of a bus station in Nyanya, a town outside Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
More than 70 persons were killed in the blast.
The mastermind, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, was detained by the Interpol in Sudan on Wednesday following a red notice issued at the behest of Nigerian authorities.
Deputy Director, Public Relations of the service, Marylyn Ogar, disclosed that Colonel Agene Ogwuche, an indigene of Benue State, and a retired army colonel was taken into custody following his inability to produce Aminu as contained in his bail terms when he was released to him in 2011 after his arrest at the Abuja airport on terror related charges.
Ogar spoke to reporters on Thursday during a joint briefing at the National Information Centre, Abuja.
Also commenting on the development, Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mbah added that Sadiq's father was being held because he breached the terms of the bail deal but assured that the father shall not be made to pay for the sins of the son.
'We don't run a system where the sins of the son are visited on the father or the sins of the father are visited on the son. The obligation of the father as at the time he took Sadiq on bail was to continue to produce Sadiq whenever he is needed until the case against Sadiq is finally disposed of…
'He has only breached the conditions of the bail and he will be brought to justice in accordance with the conditions of the bail.
'That explains why the DSS immediately took him in when he could not produce the son. And that is the farthest we can go. If he had signed a bond to forfeit a property or to forfeit a certain sum of money, he will be made to suffer the forfeitures but we cannot visit the sins of the father on the son,' Mbah added.