A development focused Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has strongly condemned the weekend bomb attack of the Airtel Telecommunications regional office in Sabon Gari near the popular Market in Kano metropolitan area and demanded that the security chiefs should not rests on their oars but should further expand and effectively activate their intelligence gathering capacity to enable the operatives nip in the bud the sinister plots by armed Islamic Terrorists to bomb civilian targets in the Northern parts of Nigeria capitalizing on the end of year relaxation moods of the populace.
Specifically, news report has it that a suspected lone suicide bomber attacked the Airtel Telecommunication regional office in Kano making use of a car suspected to be an Honda civic just as the suicide bomber was reportedly shot dead but not before he set off what the security sources identified as light bomb explosion which affected the perimeter fence of the telecommunications office wounding an undetermined number of innocent passersby in the process.
In a media statement jointly issued by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Officer Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] said it was barbaric, primitive, irreligious and heinious for a human being to set out as a suicide bomber with the diabolical intention of killing innocent persons for only doing their legitimate duties as citizens and contributing to the economic wellbeing of the society.
The Rights Group said the security operatives must up their ante and necessarily put in place effective military cum civilian partnership mechanism to make it impossible for such sinister bomb plots to occur. HURIWA canvassed the establishment of functional and accessible toll- free- phone lines by all private telecommunications and GSM operators in all parts of the Country to be coordinated by anti-terrorism operatives from the office of the National Security Adviser and the various service chiefs including the office of the Inspector General of Police; the Deputy Inspectors General; the Assistant Inspectors General; Commissioners of Police; the State Security Services [SSS]; Civil Defence Corp; Customs and the Immigration office so that Nigerians can incognito [anonymously] volunteer cogent; verifiable and workable solid intelligent information to assist the security operatives to wipe out all traces of terrorism and check the unprecedented rise in sophisticated violent crimes across the Country.
HURIWA stated thus; “We condemn without reservations the weekend barbaric bomb attack targeting the telecommunications facilities of a private telecommunications firm in Kano state by a suspected lone suicide bomber. We call on the Federal Government to pragmatically set up military cum civilian partnership mechanism whereby there could be free flow of conversations and information on the best ways to tackle our rising security challenges. It is the obligation of Government to mobilize Nigerians and create the national consciouness to make security awareness imperative and nationally acceptable. Government must do all within their power to protect the lives and property of Nigerians and save Nigeria from the imminent economic collapse that the ongoing terrorism may necessitate. It is high time that Nigeria consider the creation of state and local police with greater independence and control vested constitutionally on the state commissioners to operationally tackle and confront violent crimes.”