9 May 2012

Nigeria: Fear Grips BUK, As Police Defuse Three Bombs

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Bayero University, BUK.

The Kano State police command yesterday discovered three time bombs at the new site of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK). The discovery was said to have thrown the university community into confusion. Residents ran helter-skelter when news of the explosives filtered in.

The bombs, almost set to explode, according to an eyewitness, were carefully abandoned at the Sports Complex, and the faculties of science and law of the university.

"We were so confused, but thank God they were detected and defuse successfully," an eyewitness said.

The school is currently on vacation but the administrative section and other units had already resumed for the day's work when police anti-squad swung into action following a prompt alert by a resident of the university.

It was learnt that, immediately the three explosives were discovered, the university authority alerted the police who dispatched its bomb disposal unit to the sites to defuse the bombs without causing any harm.

Spokesman of the Kano command of the Nigeria Police, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya, confirmed the incident, saying that the school drew the attention of the police to the suspicious parcels and the command dispatched its experts to defuse the explosives.

He stated that the bomb experts cordoned off the entire area before they went into action and successfully defused the three explosives.

Security was beefed up at the university as traffic leading to the Kabuga campus of the university was diverted by the Joint Task Force.

On Sunday, April 29, 2012 some unknown gunmen attacked Christian worshipers at the old campus of the university leading to the death of 16 people and wounding of several others.

As confusion and panic at the old campus of the Bayero University was gradually easing, another institution, Kano Federal College of Education, located a few meters away from the old campus of the university, was also thrown into confusion following the sound of a tyre burst around the area.

The development forced vehicles and students to run in different direction out of fear of possible explosion.

Motorists plying the ever-busy BUK Road were seen hitting one another in a desperate move to escape from the sound of the heavy explosion which they thought was a bomb.

At the time of filing this report, the institution was virtually deserted.

Four injured as bomb blast rocks hotel in Bauchi

Meanwhile, no fewer than four people on Monday night received various degrees of injury as a result of a bomb blast which occurred at the People's Hotel in Bayan Gari area of the Bauchi metropolis.

The event happened at about 9pm, just as people in the areas panicked and traders and achaba riders hurriedly closed their businesses.

Confirming the incident, the commissioner of police, Bauchi State command, Muhammad Ladan, explained that his men were deployed immediately to the scene when he received the information adding that three men and a woman were affected by the blast.

He said that the victims were rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, for treatment and that nobody died as a result of the dastardly event.

He claimed that the suspected bomber was injured and was being interrogated by the police.

Ladan condemned the despicable act and urged the general public in the state to complement the effort of the security agencies by providing them with useful information that will help to avert the recurrence of such ugly incidents.

LEADERSHIP gathered that parts of the hotel where the explosion occurred were damaged.

JTF denies killing innocent people in Maiduguri

In a related development, commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri Lt. Col. K. Musa yesterday debunked rumours that the JTF indiscriminately arrested and killed innocent people in the town.

Musa in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored in Kaduna, however, said the JTF is empowered to arrest and detain any person suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram Sect, but has not killed any innocent person or people.

He challenged those that accused the JTF of killing innocent people in Maiduguri to prove their case above any reasonable doubt.

"There is always the authority above the JTF that they can report the JTF to for redress, and we challenge any person to come up with such case where we arrested or killed any person or people," said Musa

The JTF commander also said their presence is for security of the people in that town and nothing more, adding that the JTF would not fold arms to allow people commit all such crimes against humanity.

However, one of the community leaders and a lawmaker said they prefer to stay without the military and accused the JTF of arresting and killing innocent civilians in Yobe State and Maiduguri, which even caused a demonstration by some youths two days ago.

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