Mandala bomb blast mastermind, Kabiru Sokoto is currently sick inside the high walls of the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, Lagos.
The suspect who was moved to Kirikiri Prison on May 6, 2014 , after he was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Abuja Federal High Court for his role in terrorist activities, including the December 25, 2011 bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Mandala, Niger State,Daily Post Reports.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola found him guilty of facilitating terrorist activities in Sokoto State, and having prior knowledge of the bomb attack at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.Kabiru Sokoto, who was finally nabbed by the operatives of the State Security Service in the Borno State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja after escaping from the custody of the police, was arraigned by the Federal Government on April 19, 2013 on a two count charge bordering on terrorism.
According to a reliable insider, Sokoko has been sick for over three weeks following his refusal to eat prison’s food and medication.
According to the source who did not disclose the nature of the ailment, for the past three weeks, the sect kingpin has been living an isolated life and has deliberately refused to talk or associate himself with follow prisoners.
The source hinted that Sokoto nearly died last week Monday after his illness grew worse and he refused take his medication.“Prison officers are currently in fears as Sokoto’s health is worsening by the day. Last week Monday was the height of it, he nearly died. It is so sad that since he was moved here, he has been acting very funny. He hardly eats prison food and has been virtually living a secluded life,” an insider who would not want his name in print told Daily Post on Wednesday.
The source said some doctors came from Ikoyi prison to attend to him but he outrightly shunned them.
He added that prison warders in the yard were currently worried as it would be disastrous if he dies in their custody.
“At this point, prison officers are living with their hearts in their hands because of Kabiru’s worsening health because if he dies here, we are in big trouble,” the insider added.Efforts to reach the information desk of the Interior Minister were futile as his numbers were switched off as at the time of filling this report.