This Day (Lagos)

25 December 2012

Nigeria: JTF Uncovers More Bombs in Kano

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Nigerian police on standby.

Kano — Operatives of the Joint Military Task force (JTF) in Kano yesterday said it discovered and detonated explosives planted in strategic locations within the metropolis.

Similarly, the state police command yesterday said in order to guarantee the safety of lives and property during the Christmas and New Year celebration, places of worship would be barricaded where possible, while vehicles would be parked away at least not less than 200 meters away.

The Commandant of 3rd Motorised Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Iliyasu Abba, told journalists in Kano yesterday, that: "There are desperate attempt by terrorist to instil fear on urban dwellers."

Abba said: "We have made some arrests and investigations are on and I believe that the arrest will certainly be more."

The commandant stated that the "terrorist plans major attack to disrupt Christmas celebration in the state", pointing out that: "We have initiated a number of measures to frustrate their plan."

He revealed that most of the latest discoveries were planted in residential areas, stressing that the situation prompted the "house-to-house search on suspected dark spots in the metropolis."

The Infantry officer appealed to residents to cooperate with JTF personnel, maintaining that "It is through collective effort that we can triumph against evil forces."

"Our cordon and search exercise is going to be a continous exercise. We know it is inconvenience but it is necessary under the present circumstances and we urge residents to cooperate with our men in the collective interest of all," he stressed.

Abba said: "We are on top of the situation and the residents have nothing to fear. We enjoin them to go about their legitimate duties without fear of molestation."

Meanwhile, the command also hinted that no person would be allowed to go in with bags, parcels, containers, or any other object into the worship places.

A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Magaji Majia, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), warned that the law prohibiting the use of knock-out or any fire works was still in force.

The command also clarified that worshippers would be subjected to thorough search by the security committee before being allowed into worship places.

"Anybody found selling or using same will be arrested and prosecuted according to the law of the land," he said.

The statement added: "In view of the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Kano State police command wishes to reiterate its commitment towards providing adequate security of lives and property during the festival. Abandoned vehicles, parcels or objects around the place of worship or any other place should be reported immediately to the nearest police station."

The command also stated that the public should give maximum cooperation to security committee in various places of worship while performing their duties.

They also appealed to all road users to respect traffic rules and regulation and exhibit good sense of discipline by avoiding dangerous driving, unsecured loading.

"We are urging members of the public to cooperate with the command and other security agencies while conducting their duties as snap check points will be seen at various location and times," the statement stressed.

While noting that patrol and raiding of criminal hideouts was being intensified with the aim of checking the activities of criminal activities in the state, Majia said: "We express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the good citizens of Kano for their maximum cooperation and support with security agencies especially in terms of providing timely and useful information."

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