Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kano youths overrun police station

•Kano police chief Ibrahim Idris •Kano police chief Ibrahim Idris

Jubilant youths yesterday overran a blood-splattered police station attacked by Boko Haram in Kano on Tuesday. 
Suspected members of Boko Haram surrounded the police station Tuesday night, ordered civilians to get off the street, began chanting “God is great” and threw homemade bombs into the station while spraying it with assault rifles, witnesses said. 
The attack followed coordinated assaults on Friday that killed at least 185 people in Nigeria’s second-largest city.
Associated Press journalists on Wednesday saw that youths had overrun the bombed-out station in the Shaka neighbourhood. 
Doors to jail cells stood open. Blood coated the floor of the local commander’s private bathroom. Investigative files that had apparently been rifled through were spilled on the floors. 
Cheering youths outside waved an officer’s uniform and jumped up and down on top of a burned-out police truck, with one wearing a police ballistic helmet, smiling.
Others in the crowd said they would kill any police officer who returned. Some ominously asked journalists visiting the site if they were Christians.
“We are not satisfied with what is happening now,” said 26-year-old Abubakar Muawuya. Our leaders “have to call this Boko Haram and sit down with them.”
Kano police spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya did not immediately respond to a request for comment yesterday morning.
 No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though it followed the pattern of others carried out by Boko Haram, including the use of improvised explosives.