Umbrella body of Muslims in the 19 northern states and Abuja, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, on Sunday in Kaduna asked the Muslims in the area to be vigilant following Friday’s suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Maiduguri, Borno State where the Shehu of Borno and the Deputy Governor of the state narrowly escaped death.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Aminu Lawan, who confirmed the incident, said two gunmen were apprehended in connection with the attack by residents.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen had gained access to the residence of the village head but the monarch jumped the fence and escaped.
The quick intervention of youths of the area was said to have saved the situation as the youths confronted the gunmen and in the process seven of the residents were shot.
The statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, read in part, “In the light of what ensued, we call on all Muslims to be vigilant and be more fervent in prayers for peace and harmony to return to Borno the land of Qur’an memorisers and by extension Nigerian.”
Meanwhile, residents of the Gonin-gora community in the southern part of Kaduna on Sunday dismissed called by the Emir of Katsina on the Federal Government to demolish the settlement following the reprisals in the wake of the violence in the state last month.
However, spokesman for the residents, Mr. Sunday Ibrahim, at a news conference insisted that the call was uncalled for.
He said, “Gonin-Gora is a mini-Nigeria with people of different Nigerian ethnic nationalities such as the Gbagyi, the Igbo, the Igala, the Yoruba, the Tiv, the Nupe, the Atyap, the Efik, the Ijaw, the Calabari, the Ham-Jaba people, the Itsekiri, the Uroboh, the Idoma, the Bachama, the Adara people, the Bajju, the Zurus and infact the Hausa Fulani Christians.”
Source:- The Punch