|[Published: Friday January 20 2012]
Nigeria puts bounty on escaped bomb suspect
Abuja, 20 Jan – (ANA) - Nigeria's police are offering a 50 million naira reward for information leading to the recapture of the main suspect in a Christmas Day bomb attack, who escaped within 24 hours of his arrest this week.
Police arrested Kabiru Sokoto on Tuesday and while they were taking him from police headquarters to search his house outside Abuja, their vehicle came under fire.
Taking Sokoto with them was risky and unusual, security sources said.
The commissioner of police in charge of the operation has been suspended and the inspector general, Nigeria's most senior police officer, has been told to explain the circumstances that led to Sokoto's escape.
Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Abuja, which killed 37 people and wounded 57, the deadliest of a series of attacks at Christmas. (ANA)
FA/ANA/20 January 2012-----------