DSS re-arrests alleged plotter of Kano bombing
By Matthew Atungwu
The Department of State Services (DSS) has re-arrested Husseni Ismaila, also known as Maitangaran, the suspected plotter of the 2014 serial bomb explosions in Kano.
When the case was called, Mr. E.A. Aduda, the prosecutor, informed the judge that the DSS had revised the charge to include four counts against the defendant. He asked the judge to read the charge to the defendant so that he might enter a plea.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to all four counts, which read in part:
“That you, Husseni Ismaila, alias Maitangaran, a 34-year-old male, professed to be a member of Boko Haram, a terrorist group, therefore contravening provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013, and punishable under the same act.
“That you, Husseni Ismaila, alias Maitangaran, a 34-year-old male in 2014, directly participated in an act of terrorism and made a video message confessing to the crime of bombing the Kano Central Mosque.
“This led to the deaths of many Nigerians, including police personnel. The act contravened Section 1(2) (8) of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013, and is punishable under the same act.”