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16 juillet 2014

INTERPOL Nigeria escorts Nyanya bombing suspect extradited from Sudan

LYON, France – One of the suspected masterminds behind the April bombing of a bus terminus in Nyanya, Nigeria, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, has been extradited from Sudan with a police escort from INTERPOL Nigeria.

Ogwuche, an alleged Boko Haram member faces charges including preparing, placing and detonating a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device which resulted in the death of more than 70 people and hundreds more injured.

On May 14, one month after the Abuja attacks, INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Khartoum confirmed Ogwuche’s arrest in Sudan following the issue of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, at the request of Nigeria.

In a meeting earlier this year after INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble’s mission to Abuja following the bombing, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan told the INTERPOL Chief that Nigeria needed INTERPOL’s and entire international community’s support to combat Boko Haram, and bring to justice those responsible for the Nyanya terrorist attack.

Police Major General Moutasim Abdulrhman Abdalla, Head of NCB Khartoum, said INTERPOL’s tools have resulted in many criminals being arrested around the globe and the extradition of Ogwuche was ‘an excellent achievement towards combating terrorist acts worldwide.’

Head of Nigeria Police, Inspector General Mohammed D. Abubakar commended the personnel of the Nigeria Police INTERPOL Unit, and noted that the successful repatriation of the terror fugitive showed that the global coalition against terrorism championed by Nigeria is beginning to yield the desired result.

Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, a Red Notice is circulated to police in all of INTERPOL’s member countries and seeks the apprehension of a wanted person with a view to their extradition.

A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant. Many of INTERPOL’s member countries however, consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty. In cases where arrests are made based on a Red Notice, these are made by national police officials in INTERPOL member countries.