A top security source in Kano has informed SaharaReporters that a group claiming to be an affiliate of Jama’atu Ahlis sunna Lida’awati wal ihad (popularly called Boko Haram) has threatened to bomb Cool FM 96.9, a radio station based in Kano, the capital of Kano State. The sect, which identified itself as Jama’atul Qatlul Kafir fi Sabilillahi, reportedly accused the radio station of being pro-Christian and anti-Islam.
SaharaReporters learnt that the sect dispatched a letter to the broadcaster accusing it of blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.
Our source, who is an official of the State Security Service (SSS), said his agency as well as other security agencies had started investigating the authenticity of the sect as well as the background of spokesman, Jaid Qariq Usman. Mr. Usman signed the letter that was sent to the station.
“We are working to establish if the sect truly exists so as to avoid a repeat of the January, 2012 attacks in which hundreds of people were killed in Kano,” said our source. He added that the agencies were working hard and had taken the threat letter seriously. “I cannot say much more in order not to jeopardize our investigations,” the source told our correspondent.
An official of the radio station made the text of the letter available to SaharaReporters. The highly ungrammatical letter is reproduced below, unedited:
“As we embark on fresh attacks to commemorate the insult done to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWT) .This is hereby warning you/alerting your station that you might be affected due to some disregard attitudes towards Islam and our people. Reports came to us that your stations are Christian inclined and we made our investigations to ascertaining that.
We warn you. We also forewarn our Muslim brothers in the station not to be involved in any act of offence to Islam and that they should limit their movements into the stations to avoid being affected.
We once again commend the jihad of our brothers in Libya that killed an American envoy and some non Muslims; It is indeed an act worthy of commendation and adoption.”