The Jama’atu Ahlissunnah Liddawati wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram, has issued a warning signal to Kano State government over the arrest of its members in the state, saying that it will not hesitate to launch a bloody attack on the commercial city.
In an open letter addressed to Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Wamban Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi and an elder statesman, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, the sect frowned at what it described as persecution of its innocent members.
The sect also demanded that the security agents should stop arresting members of the group, saying that its arrested members should be released without further delay.
The open letter, which was signed by the assistant spokesperson for the group, Abu Zaid, was sent to a select group of journalists in Kano.
The letter reads in part, “It have (sic) come our notice that the present police commissioner, director, State Security Service (SSS) and Ward Heads have jointly started arresting our members in your state (Kano) known to you or not a situation which we will not take lightly by the grace of Allah.
“We want to made it clear that the country called Nigeria belongs to Allah same thing (sic) Kano and we are Servant of Allah. Therefore our member should allow to stay whereever they wish we did not Toch (sic) You therefore our members (Muslims) should not be touched.”
The group added it had issued the same to the late President Ya’Adua and the Borno State government in 2009 when the problem between the group and security agencies began.
But the group added if the state government and aforementioned individuals ignored its warning, it insisted that the development would result in the destabilisation of the state.
It further said, “These same security agents attitude made Maiduguri which is known as Home of Peace before to what it is today because they know is not their home town, therefore these their urgly attitude most be check and stop with immediate effect and all those arrested should be released immediately, otherwise, I swear with Almighty Allah Who created heaven and earth! Who Sent Prophet upon Prophets right from Adam (AS) to Muhammad (SAW)!! Who Sent down Attaurah , Al -Ingil, Azzabur and the Holy Qur’an!!! We may be forced to deploy our men to your state Kano and make it worst (sic) than Maiduguri by the grace of Allah.”
The group further attributed the spate of killings in Maiduguri and bomb blasts in Borno and other parts of the country as genesis of the injustice meted out to their members including the leader of the group, the late Ustaz Muhammad Yusuf.
“We appeal, you read this letter without prejudice for you to really understand the message we are trying to pass across. May Allah grant us the understanding of the religion as preached and practice by the prophets and their rightly guided companions,” the group added.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State command of the State Security Service (SSS) yesterday intercepted a car said to be heavily loaded with materials for improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
LEADERSHIP exclusively gathered that the SSS, in a joint operation, intercepted the vehicle along with three people around Kachia-Kafanchan axis of the southern part of Kaduna State with alleged materials including chemicals and related substance.
Though LEADERSHIP could not get official confirmation from both the SSS and the military authorities in Kaduna State, a top security source who pleaded for anonymity confided in LEADERSHIP: “I can confirm to you that the combined team comprising SSS, and the military had successfully intercepted a vehicle loaded and found with materials related to making improvised explosive devices (IEDs)”.
“The joint team in the operations also arrested three persons, and they are being ferried back to Kaduna for continued thorough investigations. And we are happy with this development, but then it is important that the society continue to keep vigil and alert security agencies. If they had succeeded, we couldn’t estimate the quantum of the consequences, but we thank God for the situation.”
LEADERSHIP also learnt that the vehicle was intercepted by soldiers during a ‘stop and search’, routine check. They reportedly alerted sister security agencies in Kaduna and subsequently mobilised the personnel to the southern part of Kaduna State for the seizure of the bomb-making materials.
The source added that security surveillance had been beefed up in the area, saying that new strategies had been adopted which, the source said, would not be revealed on the grounds that it was a covert action.
The Kaduna State had on Tuesday lifted a curfew imposed on the state following the violence that occurred after the presidential election in April in which lives and properties were destroyed.
The curfew, which was formerly between 11pm and 5am, has now been lifted throughout the state. But the government had placed restriction on motorcyclists’ movement in the state capital and environs from 8pm to 6am daily, for “security reasons”.