From DESMOND MGBOH, Kano
The Joint Security Task Force in Kano, on Wednesday, confirmed the death of a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect, including the arrest of one suspect following a series of operations in the state capital. Daily Sun gathered that the operations took place in Urgwan Dabia in Gwale Local Government Area, in Gwammaja in Dala Local Government Area and in Yan’Kaba Quarters in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesman of the Joint Security Task Force in the state, Captain Ikedeche Iweha confirmed that his officers raided the affected areas and held that the deceased suspect was killed in operation in Yankaba Quarters. Residents of Yankaba Quarters said they heard a couple of gunshots in the early hours of the day, adding that armed soldiers were stationed around Yan Turmi area up to Yankaba market.
Traffic was light in the morning in this area as vehicles were diverted from the Hadejia Expressway to other neighbouring roads during the house-to-house operations in the area. Some suspected terrorists had on Monday night, ambushed police officers in the same Yankaba neighbourhood at a teashop. The deceased officers were taken off after they had taken a few minutes from their routine patrol exercise to drink a few cups of tea at a roadside tea shop. The suspected insurgents were said to have escaped with the guns of the killed officers.
In another development, Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has urged the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support the government of Nigeria in the bid to restore peace and security in the country. The governor, who made the call while receiving the Secretary General, World Muslim League, Shaikh Abdallah AbdulMuhsin al-Turki, lamented that the fragile peace and security in parts of the country were militating against its development.
He also stated that Nigeria stood to benefit a lot from its membership of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), urging the organisation to open up more windows of opportunity for Nigeria, especially in the sectors of education and agriculture, among others. Governor Kwankwaso, who praised the World Islamic League for promoting mutual cooperation and support of Islamic activities worldwide, appealed to the body to assist the state government by constructing some projects at the Northwest University in the state capital. The projects, he explained, include an Islamic center and mosque.
He further urged the league to provide technical and logistic support toward the setting up of one school of Islamic studies in each of the 44 local government areas of the state, by the state government. He then thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its support to pilgrims from the state annually and commended the Saudi consul in Kano for his untiring effort towards maintaining good relations between his country and Nigeria, particularly Kano State.
Earlier, the Secretary General, World Muslim League, Shaikh Abdallah AbdulMuhsin al-Turki stated that Islam is a judicious religion that abhors terrorism adding that the league will not relent in fighting the menace. He therefore enjoined Nigerian Muslims to foster better relations with non-Muslims, as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, (Peace be upon him) urging the Federal government to me more steadfast in handling the security challenge in the country.