Investigations have revealed that Boko Haram sect has threatened to carry out more attacks, specifically in the nation’s capital territory, Abuja and some state capitals in the North, namely: Kaduna, Kano. The sect has unveiled its plan to direct the attacks at notable and influential Nigerians living in these cities.
The deadly Nigeria’s Islamic sect claimed that it has devised new strategies to detonate bombs in parts of the country, especially in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The sect issued a statement that reads: “This is to let the residence know that we have no device in Abuja but we are planning an attack in two weeks time. People should stay clear. Our commodores are working on a different tactics against the Nigerian state.
“Insha Allah, we will be guest in Abuja”, the terse message stated.
Findings revealed that security operatives have been placed on red-alert in Abuja and most state capitals, in a bid to counter any planned attack by the dreaded Islamic sect.
However, security checks put in place seemed not to be effective, as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja last Thursday evening witnessed another explosion, as three buildings, in the highbrow Maitama District were partially damaged.
In the explosion, residences of General Lawrence Onoja, a former Principal General Staff Officer, PGSO, to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha and ex-director general of the defunct National Security Organization, NSO, Alhaji Umaru Ali Shinkafi, on Lahn Crescent, Maitama District, Abuja, were affected. The third building affected is located at No.3 of the street, which is barely 500 meters away from the official residence of the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Hafiz Ringim.
The incident created panic among residents and security agents within the vicinity where the official residences of some ambassadors and heads of foreign missions are also situated, as people scampered for safety amid fears that the dreaded, Boko Haram, might have struck again.
Confirming the incident, in a telephone chat, Ringim said, “It’s true that there was an explosion, but it wasn’t a bomb. What happened was that the owner of the plot had contracted a construction company to build a structure for him, and in the course of doing the job, the workers used explosives to blast stones, which caused the destruction. Police are investigating the incident to determine how they came about the explosives.”
At the residence of General Onoja, who was also a former military governor of Katsina and Plateau states, red mud was seen covering the entire compound, just as the roof of his building was partially ripped open.
Also, the front and rear windscreens of a sleek Mercedes Benz car, with registration number Abuja CF 476 ABJ, were completely shattered.
Basis for negotiation
These attacks are seen as an attempt by the sect to set the appropriate tone for possible negotiation with the Federal Government. The Islamist sect insisted that the release of its detained members remained the first condition for dialogue. The pronouncement came after three people were killed in renewed attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Restating its position for negotiation with government, spokesman for the sect, Abu Qaqa said in a statement, “our position remains the establishment of Shariah Law in all Muslim states in Nigeria. But as a temporary measure for peace, we will accept to talk with government only when all our members in captivity all over the states are released.”
He added that the sect had the records of its members arrested either by the police, the State Security Service, SSS, or other security agencies.
Qaqa also pointed out that the group did not have any other motive than the entrenchment of Islamic law in Nigeria.
He however, faulted the claim of the Gaji Galtimari-led Federal Government Committee on Security Challenges in the Northeast that Boko Haram is ready to dialogue with government. “We only heard the story in the media; nobody contacted us throughout the sitting of the committee.
“So, it is wrong for them to recommend dialogue with us when they did not make any effort to meet with us. The idea of appointing the Sultan of Sokoto as a mediator between us and the government is also not acceptable to us because the Sultan is not the authentic Muslim leader in Nigeria.”
Boko Haram is opposed to Western education, Western culture and modern science as well as forbids the wearing of shirts and pants and the act of voting in elections and believing that the Nigerian state is run by non-believers.