This Day (Lagos)

5 August 2012

Nigeria: Sokoto Blast - We Can't Be Intimidated, Says Wamakko

Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, Saturday described the bomb blast that rocked two police stations in the state as inhuman, saying his administration would not be intimidated by such cruel acts.

He also described the heinous act as an external aggression on the people of the state.

Wamakko made the remark when he received House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), at Government House, Sokoto.

According to him, the bomb blast that rocked the state few days ago was cruel an indication that some people were bent on destabilising the state. The governor said those behind the dastardly acts would not succeed in their mission and would be disgraced in due course.

At least four persons were killed during a suicide bomb attack on the Zone 10 Police Headquarters, the office of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Marana area, Sokoto and Unguwar Rogo police station in the metropolis. Wamakko said: "We are not intimidated and cannot be intimidated. As Muslims, we believe that death is inevitable and you want to die for a good cause.

"So, we remain solid, we remain determined to live in peace and harmony with one another and by the grace of God, the perpetrators of the heinous act will stand disgraced."

The governor said the state is known to be one of the most peaceful states in the federation, and wondered why some wicked individuals want to destabilise it.

He called on the people to intensify prayers to God during the month of Ramadan for peace to reign in the state.

"I call on residents of the state to intensify prayers during this Ramadan and I hope together we can work to regain peace in the state," he said.

Tambuwal had earlier told the governor that he was in Sokoto to commiserate with him over the bomb blast. He described the incident as sad and unfortunate, saying the peaceful nature of the state was disrupted by the attack on police formations in the state.

Tambuwal urged the people of the state to cooperate with security agencies to avert future re-occurrences. He also called on Muslims to be fervent in prayers during the ongoing Ramadan for God to restore peace in the country. Meanwhile, many residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, had a horrific experience and could barely sleep on Friday night as gunshots range out in the town in an exchange between members of the Boko Haram sect and men of the Joint Task Force.

Though the casualty figure could not be independently confirmed, some residents said they saw bloodstains in their vicinity when they woke up Saturday. Some of them who spoke on condition of anonymity said the gunshots were being heard for about four hours, from 12am to 4am. The areas mostly affected were Old Maiduguri, Gamboru Ward, Customs Area, Gwange and some part of the Government Reservation Area.

A reliable security source said some members of the Boko Haram sect were arrested during the shoot-out, but failed to give details.

In a related development, it was gathered that at least five persons were killed early Saturday by the dreaded sect at Old Maiduguri and Gwange area of the town.

The security source said the JTF has, however, intensified efforts to checkmate the sect.

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