Boko Haram topgun dies in detention

Habibu  Bama , a topgun of the  dreaded  Boko Haram sect has died in detention,reports said today.He was overpowered and captured after a fierce gun battle with security forces in Damaturu ,Yobe state capital yesterday.

Bama had been declared wanted by the State Security Service, SSS after a string of bombings which he allegedly masterminded in Abuja and its environs.The Boko Haram  field commander said to be an ex soldier was  the alleged mastermind of the Mogadishu Barracks bomb blast, the bomb explosion at Force Headquarters, The United Nations House bombing and the Madalla Christmas Day  blast.

Even Damaturu where he was eventually arrested yesterday  has been under severe attacks.The last round of bombings and gun-battle between the sect members and the security forces there   began Monday evening culminating in the declaration of a 24 -hour curfew in the Yobe state capital.The curfew was however relaxed on Thursday.

His capture  took place on a day the United States of America ,USA officially declared three top leaders of Boko Haram as terrorists.Among those declared by the US is Abubakar Shekau,  aged around 43, Abubakar Adam Kambar, about 35; and Khalid al Barnawi, reportedly 36 old.

Though the arrest of Bama  was seen a major feat, reports of his  death today  is bound to make critics  raise questions  as many had hoped available facility would be mobilized to keep him alive in order to further aide investigations aimed at cracking activities of the sect. One report however said he lost too much blood  during the shootout to survive.

Without doubts, questions  and disbelief will trail the death in detention of such a prominent suspect.The other suspect linked with the Madalla bomb blast Kabiru Sokoto  had escaped from police custody in Abaji,FCT.He was subsequently  rearrested  months later in Taraba state and has been in SSS detention ever since.

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