The Bauchi state police command on Sunday, apprehended seven persons over alleged attempt to bomb ‘COCIN’ Church at ‘Miya Barkatai’ in Toro local government area of the State.
The suspected bombers are Lamba Goma, Filibus Danasa, Joshua Ali, Danjuma Sabo, Joseph Audu, Simon Gabriel, Bulus Haruna, Yohanna Ishaya and Daniel Ayuba (who was the immediate past Secretary of PDP at Tilden Fulani Ward, Toro LGA, Bauchi State).
The suspects are members of the same COCIN church, Unguwar Rimi, a new and small Christian settlement between Tilden Fulani and Shere Hills. The suspects who were thoroughly beaten by the public were rescued by police and then detained at the Toro Divisional Police Division before they were transferred to Bauchi State Police Command, Bauchi.
At about the same time this morning in the Neighbouring Plateau State, a bomb explosion was reported at the headquarters of the same COCIN church during a Sunday service. The number of casualties are not certain. The pastor of the targeted COCIN Church in Bauchi is Ishaya Izam, who recently arrived on posting from the Cocin headquarters in Jos, which was bombed this morning.
The State Commissioner of Police Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba who confirmed the incident explained that the suspects were caught with dangerous weapons and explosives meant for destroying the place of worship.
“Immediately we got the report, we deployed our men who arrested seven of the suspects with something like explosives and we are waiting for the bomb experts to confirm because sometimes after investigation it may turn out to be something not the Improvised Explosives Devices”, he said.
Aduba said investigation is currently going on after which the culprits will be arraigned and asked people of the area to remain calm.
Eye witnesses however disclosed that the incident had caused high tension as other members of the church wanted to lynch the accused bombers but were prevented by the security agents who took them to the state police Headquarters.