24th March, 2012
The city of Kano, northwest Nigeria would have boiled again today but for the intervention of security operatives who foiled attempts by suspected members of Boko Haram to attack Kano.
Brigadier General Illyasu Abbah, Commander of 3 Brigade, Kano told journalists at the Bukavu Barracks Saturday afternoon that acting on a tip-off from members of the public that an attack was imminent, the Kano Joint Task Force cordoned off Sabon Gandun quarters at about 11 p.m. Friday.
Sabon Gandun is a suburb of Kano metropolis and was identified as one of the enclaves of Boko Haram.
The JTF engaged the Islamic fundamentalist sect in a gun duel that lasted from 1 a.m. till dawn.
According the Army boss, two members of the Boko Haram sect were killed when they allegedly attempted to detonate one of the wired vehicles inside their hideout.
He pointed out that, “upon sensing danger when men of the JTF took control of the area, the sect decided to blow up the building with the prime motive of killing everyone in the vicinity.”
Assorted dangerous weapons recovered including 2 AK47 rifles, 181 rounds of 7.62mm, 86 rounds of 5.65mm, 2 magazines, 2 exploded IED, 3 Magazine carriers, Chemicals and 6 GSM handsets.
P.M.NEWS learnt that before the attack on the building, family members, mostly wives and children of the Boko Haram kingpins killed in the attack were rescued and later taken to Bukavu Barracks, headquarters of the 3 Brigade Kano and operational base of the JTF.
General Ilyasu Abbah who was accompanied to the scene by Commander, Air Force base, Kano, Air Commodore Sani Ahmed and Director State Security Service, SSS, Iteng Bassey commended the cooperation of members of the public, which he viewed enhanced the success of the JTF.
The security chief said intelligence gathered showed the Sect was out for another deadly attack.
“They (Boko Haram) have been planning for a serious operation with vehicles wired with explosives, when they discovered that the security agents were on their trail, and have actually close in on them, they decided to detonate one of the vehicles parked inside their compound with the sole aim of wiping out everyone in the neighbourhood including themselves, members of their families and the security men around, but they ended up killing themselves,” Brigadier-General Abbah stated.
He added tha the reason behind keeping women and children in such a deadly hideout by members of the Islamic sect remains incomprehensible.
“What happened actually is that this people have been planning for this operation. It is a major operation they have been planning, you could see the car there. It has already been primed, because they knew the security agencies have been trailing them for a very long time and they knew that the security agencies have closed in on them at their residence located at Sabon Gandun.
“They put the explosive inside the boot of the car and wanted to detonate it, so that the improvised explosives ignite and kill the security agents who have come to search the house.
By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano