Christians are becoming endangered species in Nigeria by the passing of each day. The mastermind of the deadly Nyanya bomb blast in Abuja, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, is said to have been radicalised while studying in South Wales, United Kingdom, for his university education, a report by Daily Mail Friday revealed.
Ogwuche who dubbed himself ‘The Lion of God’ threatened to cut the hands and feet of non-believers while he was living in Britain. While living in South Wales, posts on his social media page became more extreme.
In early 2010, a chilling post on Facebook by Ogwuche said: “Those who strive in the path of Allah love death like the kuffar love life, hahaha. Let them know, we are always ready to meet our lord anytime he wills.”
In 2011 after a series of increasingly extreme posts, he wrote: “The only punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered, or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned.”
Another post said: “We warn you to give up your disobedience to Allah and surrender to him or wait we bring your humiliation; then you will be regretful and on the knees.”
The 29-year-old who was said to have escaped to Sudan was declared wanted by security authorities early in the week. But the terror kingpin was arrested by the Interpol in the Islamic country on suspicion of carrying out terror attacks in Abuja, Nigeria which killed more almost 100 people.
At the same time as Ogwuche was seemingly posting messages of hate, he was advertising himself as a respectable business professional online where he claimed he had completed his degree course in business studies. He also claimed he had previously worked for the Nigerian Army’s intelligence division.
After leaving Britain in November 2011, he was arrested at Abuja airport on arrival on suspected terrorism-related activities but was released to his father, a retired army colonel, following protests from rights groups.
But Ogwuche who dropped out of the university is said to have become radicalised while studying Business science at the University of Glamorgan from 2007 to 2010 while living in Pontyridd.
The University of Glamorgan is now the University of South Wales. He was a member of the university’s debating society and wrote on an online professional profile: “I used to be in the military back at home and my goal now is to be a successful businessman.”
He failed to finish the course but was a regular at the campus prayer room where he would regularly pray with fellow students.
His friends have expressed their shock that he was alleged to be involved with the Nigerian terror group which outraged the world by seizing the schoolgirls.
Mustafa Ja, a Dutch student who studied at the university from 2009 to 2011, said he had met Ogwuche many times in the prayer room on campus. He said:
“I’m shocked. Wow, I’m just really shocked. I used to meet him during Friday prayers and whenever we broke our fast at the mosque on campus. He didn’t seem to have any extremist views then – police officers would come and visit the prayer room regularly, so I don’t see how he could.”
A former house mate who said he knew him briefly during his time in Pontypridd said former students found it “very creepy” that Ogwuche may have become caught up in terrorism.
The former house-mate, Anju Moro, said: “He was very devout but then many people are. He would often just spend time in his room between going to and from prayers but he seemed harmless, if very serious. It is very creepy that he could have been having thoughts like that but he disappeared years ago so I suppose you can never know, can you?”
His profile picture is of a lion with the word “Asadullah”, meaning ‘Lion of God’.