By Emma Ujah, Albert Akpor, Kingsley Omonobi & Ndahi Marama, 1 February 2012
Abuja — IN Continuation of its plan to Islamize Northern Nigeria, the Boko Haram Islamic Sect on Monday night invaded the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, barracks as well as a police station in Maiduguri, Borno State, killing five persons including a soldier, two policemen and two civilians.
Also, two other civilians were reportedly injured, as the sect members bombed the Gambouru/Ngala police station, the Joint Task Force, JTF, check point. The incident was said to have occurred at about 6.30 pm. Gambouru/Ngala is a border town with Chad Republic and 150 kilometres North-East of Maiduguri, the state capital.
To cripple the sect, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, yesterday, canvassed decisive actions against it, warning that the earlier the government took the bull by the horn and acted decisively, the better for the future of the nation. He anchored the need for decisive steps on the fact that the menace had spread to other parts of West Africa.
Ihejirika’s warning came on a day the Department of State Security Service (SSS) quizzed immediate past Governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau over his alleged involvement in the sponsorship of the sect.
Time to deal with sect – Ihejirika
Welcoming members of the House of Representatives Committee on Internal Security to Army Headquarters, Ihejirika said Boko Haram and other security issues could not be solved by a wave of the hand.
He thanked the National Assembly for its concern for the well-being of the country. He said that the Nigerian Army remained apolitical and committed to the job of supporting civil authorities to enhance security.
He reiterated his call on the citizenry to provide all the support required by those in arms to serve the nation better.
Noting that soldiers were the representatives of Nigerians when it comes to the force of arms, he said, “you need to recall the phrase that war is of such importance that it cannot be left in the hands of the security agencies alone, just as national security issues cannot be left in the hands of service personnel alone.”
The Army boss urged all well meaning Nigerians to aid the crusade, expose evil among the people so that the problem could be nipped quickly for the nation to move forward.
“I can tell you that this development; even the problem of Almajiri and so on cannot be solved just by a wave of the hand. So we are delighted to have you in our midst and note your resolve at working with us to solve this problem at hand.”
Continuing he said, “we are also looking beyond the confines of this country; the whole of the West African region is looking up to this country to find a solution to the menace of Boko Haram because it is no longer news that the Boko Haram issue is not limited to the confines of our borders and the earlier they act decisively, the better for the future of this nation.”
Confirming the Maiduguri attacks, the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, Samuel Tizhe said, the attacks were simultaneously carried out at both the Air Force Barracks and the Gambouru/Ngala police station between 6pm and 6.30 pm, adding that the suspected gunmen attacked one of the apartments in the barracks and fired several gun shots at the soldier, who was returning to the house in mufti.
According to the police, the sect members also, killed two other civilians resident in the barracks after killing the soldier in mufti. The Gambouru/Ngala police station was attacked with guns and other explosive devices, killing the two police officers on duty, and injuring two others, on their way to the office.
Gambouru/Ngala is one of the five local governments in Borno where President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency on December 31, last year.
The police spokesman said the bodies of the soldier and two civilians have been deposited at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, for identification by their relations.
He however said that no arrests had been made over the attacks but investigations were on going.
The Fields Operations Officer of JTF, Col. Victor Ebhaleme said that no soldier was killed at the Polo military checkpoint attacks, adding that the only soldier who was shot in the arm had been treated and discharge from the UMTH.
Abul Qaqa,or what ever ur name is,so this is ur face,u 4got u’re a mere mortal who boasts like a god ur end has come n ur colaborators d blood of d innocent dat u pple av drunk is certainly ur doom n all others by d grace of God, must fall in2 web- net, shekau,kabiru sokoto time up d seconds read fast,unfortunate 4 u no Ringim 2 ring u out,nor zakari Biu 2 zak u out any more poor u.We were sure,d true n living God wil put u pple 2 shame,evil thing,b4 march Boko Haram or(book a harm) wil b a thing of d past,then d North owe us some explanations,hahaha,hahaha,BABA GOD take salute jare.
Aminal is always an animal, sometimes dog can bark without a reason, I don’t know when crayfish start making noise. Boko Haram is NOT my concerned, because our religion Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Islam those not guaranteed any of her follower to kill or bomb people just like that. For the victims, I know it is pity and very very sad, but the way Southerners reacting at the matters it seems like all the Northerners are terrorist which is inexactitude. Even before colonial masters came into Nigeria, they saw North with their full of dress, they are educated because they can read and write, and they have rulers. But when the history turn to the South they have nothing because; they are illiterate, naked, mixed with animals and they behave like them, they have no rulers because they don’t know how to rule and who to rule. Now they brought out from the forest, dressed like human being while they are naked before, have little knowledge while they are ignorant before. North done enough to Nigeria but South? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Responding to the comments of a NIGERIAN above, I can understand from your statement that you are being sentimental here, you people always claim that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, yet all the problems Nigeria have today is being perpetrated by the North. It is only of recent that the northerners are exposed to education, they are majorly cattle rearers, selling onions and what have you, and I believe if you are a sincere person you should know the truth that the South, East and West are far ahead of you people (the North) in all things. You people are bunch of blood suckers who have been commanded to kill in order to be rewarded in heaven with 10 virgins, what a very big deception! You people do not have value for human life, hence the numerous killings by the useless Islamic Sect (Boko Haram). God Almighty will surely disgrace this sect and their sponsors shortly.
How could u compare ur religion with my religion u,re unbelievers ,drunkards,lairs,cheaters,my religion teachs us anything dat concerned our lives , how2share inheritance,how2eat 2pray,how how is unlimited ur religion dnt have meaning at all eauropeans has already pushed uin awrongway cose most of ur pastors are rituals and blood suckers in order 2make money or popularity,interms of region sourthor west idnt think if there is anything in sourth orwest dat we dnthave it here in north always whn smthing happen ublamed d entire dnorth ur stupidity has bn reached 2the limit if und nt stp this rubbish aswrd ofdeath will chops of ur head off angst unbelievers and dirtiest&stinks ppls like u
Fellow Nigerians! It’s unfair to be insulting each other on issues that are fuelled by disgruntled elements who don’t value lives. NO RELIGION PREACHES VIOLENCE. Let us be sincere to ourselves in this insecurity challenges facing us at the moment. Let us consider and possibly answer the following questions: If a crime is committed by either a christian or a muslim; can we say that the Holy Bible or the Holy Qur’an allows that? Is it not possible that conversions between the two religions happens everyday?
We should please avoid utterances that will continue to sow the seed of discord in our minds; because ALMIGHTY ALLAH HAS CREATED US TOGETHER & NOTHING A MUSLIM OR CHRISTIAN OR EVEN A PAGAN CAN DO ABOUT IT.
Those who have eyes to read this, ears to listen, minds to heed; if not, let them continue with their stupidity nemesis will definitely catch up with them one day.
@ alhassan, u’re truly a sensible natured man may God bless u 4 ur understanding. Keep on wit ur good work of sanitising our minds. NIGERIA must stand in unity just but One Day.