How Boko Haram terrorist Kabiru Sokoto Was Arrested At Borno Governor’s Lodge After St. Theresa Church Bombing(Details)
The Cable’s investigation showed how Kabiru Sokoto, a Boko Haram terrorist, was caught at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, weeks after he planned the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State, on December 25, 2011.
In a confidential security memo dated Thursday, June 14, 2012, that is just coming to light, Sokoto was reported to have infiltrated the Borno governor’s lodge in a plot to kidnap the children of Governor Kashim Shettima, who had relocated them from Maiduguri, Borno state, to Abuja for safety reasons.
According to the report, Shettima received intelligence that Boko Haram was planning to abduct his children and demand one billion naira as ransom. Shettima, who was the governor of Borno State at that time, relocated the children to Abuja.
The suspect, whose identity hasn’t been made public after the church bombing, disguised as a traveller from Borno State to gain access to the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, where the children were staying.
He pleaded with the officials at the facility that he was stranded and needed to stay at the lodge for some time.
Kabiru Sokoto, who entered the lodge during the weekend, was planning to abduct the children on their way to school on Monday.
According to The Cable, the operation could have been successful because only one security agent accompanied the children to school then.
The terrorist was arrested after spending a night at the lodge. Sokoto escaped from police custody after his arrest. He was later rearrested in Taraba State a month later.
On December 20, 2013, Sokoto was convicted by a federal high court in Abuja and sentenced to life imprisonment for the Madalla bombing