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The federal government has placed terror fugitive, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, who was declared wanted in connection with the April 14 Nyayan bus station bombing on Interpol red alert.
This was announced by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, at the national briefing centre on security yesterday in Abuja.
This came as the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, disclosed that foreign allies were yet to carry out any security surveillance, adding that it was inappropriate to discuss technical details of the rescue efforts.
“We will let you know when actual surveillance starts, I still see that within the realm of speculation. But we are not supposed to disclose details of operations with our allies,” Olukolade said.
Mba explained that the Interpol red alert represented an international warrant of arrest to the 190 member countries and consequent extradition of anyone placed on the red alert to the issuing country.
“Interpol red alert is an international request for cooperation. It is usually issues by the National Bureau of any of the member states and in this case, it is being issued at the instance of the Nigerian National Bureau of Interpol. Interpol red alert operates as an international warrant of arrest and consequently mandates security forces in its current 190 member states to join in the search and possible arrest of the fugitive who has been so cited in the Interpol red alert notice. We therefore believe that with this, Interpol will galvanise security forces worldwide to join in the search and consequent arrest and perhaps extradition of the fugitive who has been declared wanted by the DSS,” he said.
Also, the federal government has appealed to religious leaders in the country not to allow their members reduce the ongoing security challenge to a religious issue.
Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, at the briefing urged religious leaders to restrain their members from being misled to believe the country’s security challenge is a religious war.
“The federal government strongly appeals to religious leaders, especially the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), and the Jamaatul Nasril Islam (JNI), to restrain their members from being misled by unscrupulous persons into reducing the current situation into religious conflicts. Government is still monitoring issues and will do everything possible to rescue the girls alive,” he said.
Omeri stated further that some suspects apprehended by the DSS had made useful confessions which would help the security agencies in their operations, adding that details of the operation will be made public.