by Isi Esene
The radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, yesterday claimed responsibility for the attack on the home of the the vice president, Arch. Namadi Sambo in Tudun Wada, Zarai, Kaduna State. One person was confirmed killed and others injured in that attack.
As previously speculated in many quarters, the militant sect also claimed responsibility for Monday’s suicide bomb attack on police formations in Sokoto in which two police stations where attacked in Marina and Unguwan Rogo .
In a statement released to the media in Maiduguri by its spokesman, Abu Qaqa, the sect said:
“We wish to extend our profound gratitude to Almighty Allah for giving us the opportunity to fulfill the promise we made on launching spontaneous attacks in Sokoto.
“We have reasons for all our activities and we only kill those who wronged us. We attacked Sokoto because many of our brethren have been incarcerated there. We are gladdened by the successes we recorded at the office of the AIG in Marina and the police divisional office at Unguwan Rogo as well as the police station at Arkila.
“We wish to reiterate that our crusade is not for personal gain; it is meant to ensure the establishment of an Islamic state by liberating all Muslims from the excesses of the infidels. We strongly believe that Almighty Allah will reward us with his famous paradise in the hereafter as he rightly said in chapter 9 verse 111 of the Holy Qur’an
“We wish to strongly warn people to desist from collaborating with security agents. The fact is that we are the warriors of the Almighty and even the security forces are finding it difficult to contain our activities. We want to stress that in our struggle, we only kill government functionaries, security agents, Christians and anyone who pretends to be a Muslim but engage in assisting security agents to arrest us
“We are also aware of the activities of some women who have been recruited to spy on us. This is a final warning to all of them. Whenever we catch any woman spying on us, we would slaughter her like a ram.
“We are responsible for the attacks in Bauchi and at the residence of Namadi Sambo in Zaria as well as the one in Damaturu where we bombed a patrol vehicle.
“We equally dealt a big blow on JTF operatives in Maiduguri who, out of frustration went back and killed innocent and defenseless citizens.
“It is erroneous to say that we are killing Muslims. We don’t kill innocent Muslims. The fact is the bottom line of our struggle is to set the Muslims free from enslavement. We only kill the unbelievers.”
Meanwhile, two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on the vice president’s family house in Kaduna where a cobbler was killed.
Kaduna police spokesman, deputy superintendent of Police (DSP) Balteh said, “One of the suspects who sustained injuries during the battle with the policemen guarding the house was identified on a hospital bed by one of the injured policemen and he was arrested immediately.”
He also said the second suspect was identified by another policeman yesterday morning and was also arrested.
And these are the guys the Jonathan government wants to dialogue with?