The Department of State Service has arrested the mastermind of the explosion near the palace of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland in Kogi State.

The explosion occurred on December 29, 2022, minutes before President Muhammadu Buhari was to commission a project in the state, killing four people.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Peter Afunanya, on Wednesday, said the service arrested Abdulmumin Otaru, also called, Abu Mikdad, and one of his associates, Saidu Suleiman, on Tuesday.

He said Otaru sustained a gunshot injury on his left foot while attempting to escape, adding that he is receiving treatment at an undisclosed health facility.

The statement read, “Otaru operated terrorist cells in and around Kogi State.

Similarly, he and his gang had staged several kidnap operations in Kogi and Ondo States. Meanwhile, the suspects are in custody and will be prosecuted accordingly,” the statement added.

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