Nathaniel Samuel, the man arrested for planning to bomb Bishop David Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church, better known as Winners’ Chapel, in Kaduna State said he was supposed to be a pastor in the church.
He debunked that his name was never Muhammed, but Nathaniel Samuel.
WuzupNigeria reports that the Kaduna State Police Command, on Sunday, arrested a suspect with improvised explosive devices (IED) at the Living Faith Church, Sabon Tasha, Chickun Local Government area of Kaduna State
Some worshipers at the church said that the suspect was apprehended after dropping a bag in the church and sneaked out.
They said the man was later traced to the church toilet where he was caught holding a remote control and was subsequently handed over to the police.
After reports claimed the man’s name was Nathaniel Samuel, an ardent critic of the President, Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari [retd], Femi Fani-Kayode, said the arrested terrorist is a Muslim of Fulani heritage.
The Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] stalwart and two-time minister dismissed reports that the alleged bomber’s name is Nathaniel Samuel, insisting the suspect’s real name is Mohammed Nasiru Sani.
Also, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria [CAN] in Kaduna State, Rev. John Hayab, said the man identified himself as Mohammed Sani when he was nabbed by the church.
Corroborating Fani-Kayode’s stance, Hayab said the suspect’s name suddenly changed after the church handed him over to the police.
“The church was in session when the young man came in, dropped his bag and exited as if he was going to the toilet but didn’t come back on time. Some church members became suspicious. The church had put security measures in place such that they monitor everything going on in the church and they even have CCTV.
“They discovered that what was in the bag looked like explosives and so they called the police. Let me state clearly that it was not the police that arrested him. It was the church that arrested him and then handed him over to the police which is a law enforcement agency.
“The police then came to pick him up at the church for further investigation. At the time he was interrogated at the church, he told the church that was Mohammed Sani but when he was handed over to the police, the police told everyone that his name was Samuel Nathaniel.”