Sunday 20 May 2012

Boko Haram: Wife of suspected ThisDay bomber arrested. -The Nation

 • As JTF uncovers sect’s enclave in Jos • Five other suspected bombers’ wives held
 • Accept negotiation offer, Sambo
tells sect

A suspected Boko Haram enclave came down in rubbles yesterday in Jos.
Its last occupants included Hauwa Mohammed, said to be the widow of the suspected ThisDay suicide bomber who attacked the newspaper office in Abuja, last month.

Five other women, believed to be wives of Boko Haram operatives, were among the residents.

Seized from the house before a bulldozer was called to duty were over 1000 assorted ammunition and ten bags of fertilizer suspected to be part of the materials used by the sect members to make explosives.
Hauwa Mohammed, widow of suspected suicide bomber

The building was demolished by the Special Task Force (STF) on the Jos crises in conjunction with the Borno State Joint Task Force.

A few hours after the operation, Vice President Namadi Sambo told the sect members to grab the opportunity for dialogue offered them by the Federal Government.

The women were traced there from Maiduguri by the Borno JTF which stormed the village at about 4am yesterday accompanied by their counterparts in Jos.

The soldiers first cordoned off the area only for some people to throw an explosive at them, according to a military source.

The next stage of the operation was for them to search the area. They found some explosives which they detonated.
This was followed by the evacuation of the residents and the ammunition, and then the demolition of the building.

The entire operation was completed at about 5pm.

The women were taken to the STF headquarters in Jos for interrogation.
The operation was originally planned for Friday but was put forward by 24 hours on religious consideration.

Jos has witnessed repeated religious crises between Muslims and Christians over the last few years.

Rikkos village has had its own share of the crises with several churches there coming under attack.

Hauwa Muhammed was allowed to talk to reporters before she was taken into custody.

She said: "My name is Hauwa Muhammed. I am from Damaturu, I came to Jos a few weeks ago. I was brought by my late husband, but three days ago I was told my husband had died in an accident.

"Another man promised to take care of me in Jos here."

Military sources said Hauwa’s husband was the suicide bomber in the attack on ThisDay’s office, Abuja.

Following the bombing, the man’s widow and wife and 11 children were relocated from Maiduguri to Jos.

The STF, in a statement yesterday signed by its media officer, Captain Markus Mdahyelya said two generators, four Improvised Explosive Devices ( IEDs), and assorted chemicals including sodium oxide, potassium chloride, lead nitrate, aluminium meter powder and one remote control were impounded.

He warned landlords against giving out their houses for use by terrorists, saying landlords should thoroughly screen their tenants and report any suspected person to the appropriate agencies for prompt action.

The village has been placed under heavy military surveillance.
Also yesterday,Vice President Namadi Sambo advised Boko Haram to embrace dialogue with government now.

Speaking at the closing of the 2nd edition of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) ‘Air Exposition 2012’ at the NAF Base, Kaduna to mark the 48th Anniversary of the force, the Vice President said: "I must say that we are leaving no stone unturned at ensuring the safety of lives and properties of all Nigerians and our visitors by subduing the current security challenges we are facing. We are still calling on the group to take our offer for dialogue in the interest of peace and development of our country".

The Vice President said while it would continue to explore all options is search of peace in all parts of the country, the Federal Government has mobilised the military and other security agencies to enforce and maintain security across the land.

"President Goodluck Jonathan clearly captured the mood of the nation when he stated that a strong, modern and proactive military is pivotal to achieving the administration’s transformation agenda especially in the face on going security and development challenges, we are currently faced with," he said.
"The military in pursuance of its tradition has been actively engaged in the full defence of our territorial integrity as well as maintaining our sovereignty with them being pivotal in quelling internal insurrection due mainly to the inadequacies of the needed manpower in the police force to which government is committed to address with the urgency that it deserves." he added.


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