by Stanley Azuakola
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar has refused to give details of the casualty figure from last Sunday’s reprisal attacks in Kaduna which followed the suicide bombing in three churches. However, he put the number of deaths due to the suicide bombings at 18, with 32 injured. It is unclear why he was willing to give the casualty figures from the suicide attacks but not from the reprisals.
The commissioner also revealed that if not for the intervention of the police, the bombings on Sunday could have been much worse. According to him, the bomb maker was a well-known mechanic living in Kaduna.
The man’s house had been raided on Friday, just two days before last Sunday’s bombings. “The idea was to start the bombings on Friday. But we were quick to stop that. If not, last Sunday bombings could have worse. “Exhibits recovered include 15 high calibre EIDS that could have caused serious catastrophe in the state if un-intercepted,” the commissioner said. Other exhibits intercepted from the bomb maker include a Honda Accord, AK 47 rifles, rifle magazines and 110 rounds of live ammunition.
Furthermore, the commissioner said that foreign nationals especially from three African countries were involved in the terrorist acts. He mentioned the three countries as Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroun. As a result of this discovery, CP Abubakar said that the police would no longer adhere to the ECOWAS charter on free movement of citizens. They would now treat foreigners arrested with “iron hand,” and would not tolerate people taking the hospitality of Nigerians for granted.
“We want to warn all foreigners entering Nigeria to breach the peace and cause disharmony among us to desist from doing so.
“We have arrested many nationals of Niger, Chad and Cameroun, who are among those engaged in mass killings and bombings in Nigeria. We want to warn that we have had enough of this. We will no longer care about the West African charter of Freedom of Movement for its citizens if we arrest anyone from now. Our hospitality must not be taken for granted,” he said.