By Patience Ogbodo, AbdulSalam Muhammad & Umar Yusuf
BAUCHI â€” THE sectarian unrest that erupted in Bauchi, at the weekend, has spread to neighbouring Adamawa and Kano States. In Bauchi alone, the official death toll is put at 39, while 3 were killed in Kano.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew has already been imposed on these states even as security operatives are working round the clock to restore peace and normalcy in the entire North-East region.
Following the smashing of fundamentalists by the security agents in Bauchi on Sunday morning, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi, Moses Anegbode described the Islamic sect, known asÂ Boko Haram, as a criminal group.
Addressing newsmen in Bauchi yesterday, Anegbode said Boko Haram is a threat to peace of the people in the state.
The AIG disclosed that 39 of the Boko Haram members were killed in a shoot-out on Sunday in Bauchi while 176 of them were arrested and 15 injured.
He added that a Lance Corporal in the Army and two policemen were killed in the operations against the group.
According to him, the security operatives went after members of Boko Haram after they attacked a police station in Dutse Tanshi and opened fire during attempts to arrest them at their various hide-out in the Federal Low-Cost and Fadama Mada areas.
Speaking further, Anegbode said that in Maiduguri on the same day, some members of the group in spite of the heavy security, came to a police station on a suicide mission with three motorcycles and sped towards the gate and set it ablaze.
According to the AIG â€œthey forbid anything western yet their leader has an array of western materials in their possession, using phones and Jeep cars and I wonder if they were made by him. The group is also notorious for kidnappings, for raping, for intimidation and molestation and known to be anti-establishment.â€
Anegbode revealed that dangerous weapons such as AK-47 rifles, 270 rounds of live ammunition, a single-barrel gun, 3 locally-made single barrel-gun, two locally-made revolver pistols, 5 rounds of 7.66 live ammunition, 500 rounds of 7.66 mm live ammunition, 21 live cartridges were recovered from their enclave in Fadama Mada in Bauchi metropolis.
According to him, two bags of lethal gun powder used for making explosives, 200 detonators, over 1,000 locally- fabricated plastic cylinders that could be used for manufacture local guns were also recovered from them, describing the items as dangerous substances and could be directed at society.
Other items recovered from Boko Haram were 33 assorted knives, 4 jack knives, one sword, 3 cutlasses, 8 catapult, 3 bows and arrows, three quivers containing 63 arrows, two unregistered motorcycles, three sewing machines, lots of army uniform, 7 bags of potassium nitrate used to manufacture explosives, police uniform bearing a force number and foodstuff.
The AIG stated that the joint operation of police, army and State Security Service (SSS) went into action against the group due to thatÂ their imminent threat to the peace and security of Bauchi State.
3 killed, 133 arrested in Kano
The wave of Islamist militants attack that engulfed most parts of northern Nigeria spilled to Wudil, some 28 kilometres to the city of Kano yesterday leaving no fewer than three persons dead and 133 arrested.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Baba Muhammad said in Kano that the premeditated attacked was launched by the fanatics at 3:00a, pointing out that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the station escaped with gunshot injury.
Baba Muhammad further explained that the fundamentalists seized two AK-47 rifles from the station adding that the force has launched a manhunt for the leader of the sect in Wudil as efforts are made to recover the seized weapons.
Thirty-three suspects were arrested in an operation led by one DC Lawan Tanko, while the remaining 100 suspects were nabbed in a bus on transit.
One AbdulMumuni Ibrahim Muhammad who identified himself as the leader of the gang of 33 told newsmen that they were fighting westernisation to protect adulteration of Islam.
AbdulMumuni Muhammad who exhibited no sign of remorse over the action of the militants blamed the moral decadence in the society on the infiltration of western values.
The police Public Relations Officer further revealed that normalcy has since been restored in Wudil, adding that the strategic northeastern highway has been re-opened to traffic.
17 arrested in Yola
Seventeen persons suspected to be connected with the religious uprising in some parts of Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Borno States have been arrested in Yola, even as the latest sectarian crisis spread to other states in the North-East geo-political region.
Security officials confirmed the arrest of 17 people in Yola yesterday as tight security is mounted in all parts of Adamawa State.
All roads leading to and from the State have been cordoned-off by a combined team of soldiers, policemen and other security outfits. Adamawa State Police image maker, Altine Daniel (ASP) confirmed the security measures to Vanguard in a telephone interview.
He said all vehicles and their occupants coming into Adamawa State are thoroughly searched in an attempt to arrest members of the sectorian Muslim rioters unleashing terror in neighbouring Bauchi, Yobe, Gombe and Borno States. Sectarian unrest erupted in Bauchi, Yobe, Borno and Gombe states weekend leading to the death of many people and destruction of properties.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew has already been imposed in these states even as security operatives are still working round the clock to restore normalcy in the North-East region.
The religious uprising is coming barely a week after Muslims converged on Yola, Adamawa State capital, to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Late Sheik Ibrahim Inyass of Senegal.
Yuguda imposes curfew
Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State of Bauchi State has described the Islamic sectsÂ popularly called â€˜Boko Haramâ€™ as militants saying it is the best thing to happen in order to bring lasting peace in the state.
Yuguda who announced an indefinite dusk-to-dawn curfew on Bauchi metropolis and its environ starting from 9pm to 6am, â€œuntil the situation improves said â€œwe do not know what they have planned. So the security will use the curfew period to check for them particularly those who may want to come from other states to assist them over what happened.â€
The governor called on the people of the state to go about their normal businesses assuring that adequate security have been put in place to ensure their safety urging them to report to the nearest security, any strange movement as well as volunteer any useful information on members of the group so that the security personnel will take immediate action.