Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We may start kidnapping govt, security officials’ relations -Boko Haram

THE spokesman for the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnati Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, also known as Boko Haram, Abul-Qaqa, on Monday, warned that the group might soon consider abducting family members of government officials and security agents if their women, children and non-combatant members of the sect were not released.
The spokesman, who claimed that spouses and other family members of Boko Haram were arrested and detained by security agencies, said they might be forced to do the same thing to government officials and security agents.
The group also condemned the arrest of their members in Kano and most recently in Sokoto by the State Security Service (SSS).
“We are not saying that our members caught in active combat should be spared, but most of those arrested so far are our brothers that have never participated in the ongoing armed struggle between our group and the Nigerian state. These people are denied the right to go about their daily business,” Qaqa said.
He said “we may consider abducting family members of government and security agents if this continues. We may also consider attacking schools where their children attend if mosques and Qur'anic schools attended by Muslim children in the southern part of the country are bombed again.”
Qaqa,, who urged Nigeria Defence Forces to respect the rules of engagement in their operations, warned that if such was not adhere to, certain things they overlooked in the past might well be re-considered in their own operations.
Meanwhile, residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, were thrown into confusion, following reports that Boko Haram gunmen had killed two soldiers at Polo ward.
Nigerian Tribune could not, at time of filing this report, get confirmation from either the police or the Joint task Force on Operation Restore Order in Borno State, as both the phones of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Simeon Midenda, or that of the Field Operation Ofiicers of the JTF, Colonel Victor Ebhalem, could not be reached.