by Akan Ido
There are indications that the bomb which exploded in transit yesterday afternoon in Kaduna might have been targeted at the prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi.
The Sheikh has actively campaigned against the violent strategies employed by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, calling them the real enemies of Islam.
During his Ramadan sermon delivered on Friday August 3, the Islamic cleric declared that it is not Islamic to inflict death on others, adding that those killing innocent people are ignorant of Islam’s core teachings.
The explosion happened as the renowned Sheikh was about to start the daily Tafsir he delivers at the mosque, according to a source based in the state.
The source who preferred to remain anonymous said, “though the explosion may have been accidental, the Sheikh is clearly the target because the incident occurred just when he was about to leave for the daily Tafsir he delivers at Sultan Bello Mosque.”
According to Premium Times, though witnesses say the explosion involved three people, the Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abubakar Balteh, confirmed that two persons on a motorcycle were killed from an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) that accidentally exploded on transit.”
He went on to reveal that “the incident occurred around 3:45pm around Modibo Adama Junction leading to the residence of Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi near NNPC Mega station along Ali Akilu way.
“However, no other casualty is reported and we have already commenced investigation into the explosion,” he said.
Kaduna, like several other states in northern Nigeria, have for long being a hotbed of violence owing to the activities of Boko Haram militant group which has continued to ruthlessly pursue its sectarian agenda.