Four suspected Boko Haram members have been arrested in Adamawa for reportedly organizing an attack on the residence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Yola, the state capital.
In a statement, Abubakar’s media office claimed the lead suspect, known as Jubrila Mohammed, was caught on Sunday while attempting to identify the former vice president’s residence in Yola.
According to the media office, other suspects were captured after the primary suspect identified them as his collaborators during an interrogation by police.
The statement read, “We wish to alert the Nigerian public that at about 9:44 pm on Sunday, 23 July 2023 a man seeking to confirm the residence of his excellency Atiku Abubakar in Yola was apprehended at the gate of the residence.
“Upon further interrogation by the police, the suspect identified himself as a 29-year-old Jubrila Mohammed and confessed to being a Boko Haram member from Damboa in Borno state.
“The suspect also informed the police that he and his colleagues, who were later arrested too, intended to attack organisations associated with Atiku Abubakar and some other sensitive locations in Yola. All four suspects have been handed over to military authorities.”
The suspects have been handed over to the 23rd army brigade for investigation, according to a police official.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the planned attack on Abubakar’s apartment was organised by “forces who are unsettled by his (Abubakar’s) bid to retrieve his mandate at the presidential election petition tribunal.”
In a statement, the opposition party stated, “Our party believes that the sponsors of this evil plot’s intent is to silence our presidential candidate, massacre innocent Nigerians, and cause chaos, confusion, and anarchy in the polity.”