There was panic on Sunday at Living Faith Church, better known as Winners Chapel, in Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis, after a suspected suicide bomber was caught in the church.
The suspect identified as Nathaniel Samuel was said to have gained access into the church’s auditorium before he was arrested.
He reportedly concealed an improvised explosive device (IED) in his bag.
Ekpenyong Edet, chief security officer of the church, said the suspect was monitored on close circuit television (CCTV) before he was arrested.
He said the device was found when his bag was searched. Edet said the suspect got into the auditorium after beating security check at the entrance.
“He successfully gained access and was seated in the auditorium before he was suspected and the bag searched, only to find the explosive device”, he said.
Edet, however, added that the suspect had been handed over to the police.
In a statement, Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, said Samuel is currently undergoing interrogation.
The explosive device found on him
“Today 02/02/2020 at about 0930hrs, One Nathaniel Samuel ‘M’ of Maraban Damishi via Maraban Rido in Chikun L.G.A was arrested by the Police inside Living Faith Church at Sabon Tasha while the Church service was session with some suspected Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) contained in a bag,” the statement read.
“The suspect is currently being interrogated at the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department was said to have left the bag on the church’s seat and went into a rest room for over an hour. Efforts are on to apprehend his accomplices.”
Sabo said all police officers in the command had been directed by the police commissioner to intensify surveillance and to liaise with stakeholders within their respective jurisdictions to ensure collective vigilance.
He also advised those in charge of schools, places of worship, motor parks, markets, recreational centres and other public places to revive the usual checks on vehicles and luggage especially at entrance points.