Yesterday’s bombing – Boko Haram or church rivalry?

Bomb at police headquarters

by Lekan Olanrewaju

Seven people were Sunday morning arrested in Bauchi state for reportedly attempting to carry out a bombing on a COCIN church. The group which was caught in Miya Barkatai village in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, was said to be in possession of weapons and locally made explosives which could be operated manually.

Investigations have reportedly led the police to believe the suspects belong to a  rival group within the church.

The police commissioner, Ikechukwu  Aduba said “It was a rival group within the church that decided to attack this morning. When we got the report, we sent our men, who arrested about seven members of the group. The group had something like explosives, but we are waiting for the bomb experts to confirm our suspicion, because sometimes after investigation it may turn out to be something else and not explosives”.

However, yesterday, the dreaded Boko Haram sect, which is known for its extremist Islamist views, claimed responsibility for the attack. This throws up a lot of possible scenarios – has Boko Haram been claiming responsibility for terrorism it had no hand in? And have random robberies and other acts of criminality been carried out and hidden under the cover of the Boko Haram ideology?

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Comments (3)

  1. Those behind all these bomb attack are trying to cause enimity between the two major religions in Nigeria. I plead on all nigerians to open their eye and be objective in their déallings. God will revill the truth.

  2. its lyk when u hav a bit of a fight wit sumone , the next thing to do is to throw a bomb at them…..i guess thats the new ideology of nigeria

  3. We must appreciate the fact that we have to incidences here. What happened in Bauchi was an attempted attack by rival groups. The situation in Jos was a suicide attack to which BH has claimed responsibility. Reporting the two as one incident will only distort facts and breed suspicion.

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