Update, February 1st, 2012
A police official told the Associated Press news agency the militant was captured after police tracked his mobile phone.
Officials are trying to confirm the identity of the man arrested on Wednesday.
“We are still taking to him. Since ‘Abu Qaqa’ is a pseudonym for the Boko Haram spokesman, we want to be sure of who we have with us,” an unnamed official told Reuters news agency.
Abul Qaqa has often spoken to journalists in the wake of militant attacks.
January 25th, 2012
NewsRescue- Over 200 arrests have been made and several have been killed, in a recent wave of intelligence-based anti Boko Haram swoops by the Nigerian Joint Task Forces (JTF), across Northern Nigerian states.
In Kano state, over 158 suspected members of the terrorist sect were arrested. 300 Soda cans of improvised explosive devices were recovered at various locations in the city. 8, 350 grams explosive loaded Peak milk tins and 8 drums of 350 kilo grams filled with improvised explosive devices were found at various locations and in 8 abandoned cars around the city.
Boko Haram members from Niger and Chad
Nigeria’s sovereignty is under foreign attack, as the Kano state police command reported that many of the arrested spoke Chadian language, foreign Hausa with a different accent and Kanuri language.
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The arrests followed a spate of deadly bomb blasts 4 days ago, Friday in Kano, in which over 200 people died and many more were injured. The radical Islamist group, Boko Haram — whose name means “western civilization is bad” — claimed responsibility for the blasts. A spokesman for Boko, alias Abul-Qaqa claimed responsibility for the bombings, attributing them to be a reaction to the authorities failure to releases its members in police custody.
Following coordinated bombings last Christmas day, Nigeria’s police made several top level arrests of Boko Haram suppliers and leaders, including a Mr Kabiru Sokoto, arrested with a military accomplice in the Borno state governors lodge, en-route the UK, who was mischievously allowed to escape police custody. Also a certain gun runner, arrested in Kano with a series of terror tools including bomb cans, deadly weapons, communication devices and car plate numbers. Nuhu Mohammed was said to be a local youth recruit.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, following a gun battle that spanned from 12.30 midnight to 5.30 am, a leader of the group in Kano, Uzairu Abba Abdullahi, a textile merchant, was murdered along with his wife, while their son was captured alive. The police had been sent to get him alive, but he engaged them in a gun battle that resulted in his death.
Boko disorganized, begging for audience
In a telephone interview with Kano State Government accorded by Qaqa, the radical sect, Boko appeared highly desperate and disorganized, making ridiculous propositions and cases, while apparently weeping the exposure of their underground organization that has escaped a strong hand of the law since the death of former Nigerian president Musa Yaradua. The Yaradua administration killed and arrested several hundreds of the groups members, including its founder, Yusuf Mohammed.
Qaqa said that the Kano State Government should be held responsible for the continued incarceration of its members and innocent persons. He further said they have given the government ample time to set free their fellows to no avail hence the decision to strike and prove its worth to the government and security agencies. Qaqa added that the group will not relent in fighting for the rights of their members, many of whom are according to him, innocently incarcerated, and that Nigerian government will continue to pay for the continued oppression and killing of innocent Muslims.
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“We are only scared of Allah but no one. We must regain our faith and freedom soon. No amount of propaganda against us will deter us. We are guided and strengthen by Allah as you can see.” Qaqa said.
Why we struck- Boko Haram
The present security situation in Maiduguri, the continuously attack of security agents, ward heads, politician and the subsequent bomb blast in some part of the country, including force headquarters suicide bomb attack, who is responsible and why?
Every one may say it’s unfortunate, uncalled for or what have you. But TRUTH ARE SACRED AND WILL REMAIN TRUTH EVEN IF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE IT.
You all saw on AL-JAZEERA TV how unarmed men, youths, women, cripple and even under age were asked to laid on the ground and were shut on the head and chest by security agents. You all saw our leader MALLAM MUHAMMAD YUSUF with handcuff and shot severally. You all saw how both MASJID AND THE HOLY QUR’AN were being destroyed.
What are our crime? What damage have we caused or cost Nigeria government, which leads to our attack in Bauchi, Wudil, Gombe, Yobe and Maiduguri two years back? Is sticking to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith a crime? Is funeral right a crime?
The reasons are clear: 1. The Nigerian Government is a KUFUR system serving BOTH UNITED NATION (UN) AND CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN) 2. “We the Jama’atu Ahlisunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad are MUSLIMS and are from the NORTHERN part of the country who spent eight years agitating for ISLAMIC STATE, STRAVING TO BRING BACK THE LOST GLORY OF UTHMAN DAN FODIO. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? Is just to go back to the ways of our creator (ALLAH) where justice, discipline, good morals, love and care, peace and progress etc will prevails.
Having got the clear picture of what happened, it have come our notice that the present Police Commissioner, Director State Security Service (DSSS) and Ward Heads have jointly started arresting our members IN YOUR STATE (KANO) known to you or not, a situation which we will not take lightly by the grace of ALLAH. We want to made it clear that the country called Nigeria belongs to Allah; same thing Kano and we are SERVANT OF ALLAH. Therefore our members should allow to stay where ever they wish. WE DID NOT TOUCH YOU, THEREFORE OUR MEMBERS (MUSLIMS) SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHED.
These same security agents attitude made MAIDUGURI, which is known as home of peace before to what it is today because they know is not their home town. Therefore these their URGLYATTITUDE MOST be check and stop with immediate effect and all those arrested should be released immediately, other- wise,I SWEAR WITH ALMIGHTY ALLAH who created Heaven and Earth! Who Sent Prophet upon Prophets right from ADAM (AS) to MUHAMMAD (SAW)!! Who Sent down ATTAURAH, AL-INGIL, AZZABUR and the HOLY QUR’AN!!! We may be force to DEPLOY OUR MEN TO YOUR STATE KANO AND MAKE IT WORST THAN MAIDUGURI BY THE GRACE OF ALLAH.
This is exactly same open letter we did to the then president, Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua, security chiefs and the people of Borno State two years back, which they thought was a joke. TO ALLAH WHO MADE ME WE ARE NOT JOKING.
Security experts view the barrage of statements by the group, in addition to its disorganized and indiscriminate attacks on soft targets across all ethnic, religious, political and logical lines as a sign of weakness and desperation. This has so far proven true , as the recent arrest of over 200 members proves.
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Boko Haram has also released other staccato messages in recent days:
Why we didn’t kill Obasanjo – Boko Haram
“Obasanjo was good to us. We had no problem with Obasanjo. We had him. We could have taken him out”, as he recalled that the sharia movement took off during the period when Obasanjo was president. “The problem started during the late President Yar’Adua regime. Goodluck only inherited the problem. We have no problem with Goodluck. But his Ijaw people around him are deceiving him”.
This message has been analyzed to have a sympathy invoking connotation. Describing the message, John Bash, an expert on subliminal and code communications explained that in reversing their recent, pre-clampdown threat against the president, this message automatically portrays an appeal for mercy and leniency. “We have no problem with Goodluck“, is a direct appeal, as blunt as they get. Boko is begging for mercy, he said.
Boko Haram may well be nearing their end days, especially if the government increases their security initiative and the people continue exposing all suspects and suspicious activity.
He however advised that in dealing with terrorists who have no loyalty or allegiance, such a tune should never be danced to, as delay only accords them the opportunity to heal, re-align and reinforce. “This is the time to crush them hard, and disperse them”.
As previously, we advise the media to Stop Giving Boko Haram Media Coverage! that makes them seem important and gives them credibility.
Boko Haram further claimed to be on Northern governors payroll to leave their states alone. According to the statement, “Most of them pay us monthly to leave their states alone”. This shocking allegation was denied by the Bauchi state governors office. It is known that Qatar, among other Middle Eastern nations pay Alqaeda to leave their countries alone.
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Boko Haram, an opportunity for National Unity
In a phone conversation with our correspondent, Dr Tom Kuku and Danladi Hassan, both of Makurdi University, see in Boko Haram, an amazing opportunity for unity of the Nigerian masses in a way unprecedented. “The indiscriminate attacks by Boko in North Nigeria, against Muslims and Christians alike has created a shift in the social paradigm. Everyone is now working together to rat out Boko members. A greater enemy is always known to bring victims together.”, Dr Tom said. Mr Hassan added that “The current crises in the North and Nigeria at large has highlighted the real source of all Nigeria’s problems, which is the corrupt leaders and politicians, who arm and pay youth to create unrest for political manipulation. I have always known this, but with Boko Haram, both Northerners and Southerners alike are now understanding the true picture… that we Muslims have nothing against Christians and Igbo’s living up North, in fact, I can not imagine life without their innovation and astute business adventurism. We here in Makurdi are divided 20% Muslim and 80% Christian, those talking of a divide, where will Makurdi or 50-50 Muslim-Christian Jos go?”
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He further argued,- “Are we going to talk about a divide because of the wicked politicians who pay these lads to chase out opposing tribes, with hope of winning votes? Rubbish! It is these politicians that have been fomenting unrest in Jos and the North since, the same people created Boko, just as Odili of Port Harcourt created MEND. I am happy to see that the masses now know this and I predict an uprising by all of us common, suffering Nigerians, all brothers, against the ruling echelon”.
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Niger-Delta, Southern terror plots thwarted
There has been a pre-election increase in terror plots and bombings in the southern state of Bayelsa. This though not connected to Boko Haram. Recent bombings left a bridge in the state partly damaged. A recently uncovered plot by the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) and Defense Intelligence dept. indicated that the plots were planned to disrupt the gubernatorial elections scheduled in Bayelsa and Adamawa states early February.
Terror events in Nigeria’s south were calmed with the late president, Yaradua implementing an Amnesty program for the disenfranchised youth, though there are recurrent episodes and security remains tepid.
Nigeria, US join forces against Boko Haram and Niger-Delta insecurity
Nigeria resolved to collaborate with the United States in the fight against the group.
The meeting between the two countries held under the aegis of the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission had US Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. William Fitzgerald leading the American side, while the Nigerian side was led by the Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Martins Uhomoibhi in company of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Andrew Azazi (Rtd.)
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Both the Nigerian and US officials met in Abuja to formalize a response to the general insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria. Before retreating to a closed door meeting, Fitzgerald disclosed that, due to the intensity of the insurgent activities in the North, the security working group was split into two, with one group focusing exclusively on tackling the Boko Haram menace, while the other would focus on security of the Niger Delta region.
He said: “Today marks a new beginning, security issues in the North have taken up new significance, so we have chosen to split the regional security cooperation and the Niger Delta. The regional security cooperation has its own working group which will meet today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today).”
Nigerian’s suspicious of US interests
Nigerians have long suspected an ulterior and dangerous objective of the United States in the insecurity in the country. The struggle for Africa between the East and the West, has Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation at a hot center. Nigeria among most other African nations rejected US- AFRICOM troops any where on its soil. Many have suspected that the US, through its connections to AQIM (Al Qaeda In the Maghreb) utilized by US and NATO to overrun Libya’s Gaddafi government, may be interested in fomenting chaos in Nigeria, to enable it gain a foothold in the wealthy nation.
A statement by top US policy maker and electoral college member, Henry Kissinger at the inauguration ceremony of mixed race US president Obama, excitingly described ‘chaos’ as an opportunity of establishing supreme, US New World Order, over all.
“…conflicts across the globe and an international respect for Barack Obama have created the perfect setting for establishment of “a New World Order.”- Henry Kissinger
Calling on Northern Muslims to keep routing them out
The Muslim Holy book, the Quran clearly states:
Qur’an 22:40 [They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right – only because they say, “Our Lord is Allah .” And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. http://quran.com/22/40
This defines that it is actually the duty of all believers who include,- Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, and the like to protect all, bar none, Holy places. The Northern Muslims are once again implored to sacrifice their lives to protect all religious sanctuaries in which ‘Allah (God)’s name is called.
Islam further expresses as obtains in the Holy book, that whoever kills an innocent person, is compared to a person who has killed all of humankind, likewise, whoever saves an person has equivocally saved the entire mankind. We all know the feeling we had for all the innocent victims of the evil of this group, we all felt a part of us die per innocent victim killed in their attacks. Giving them a platform to announce their evil, the reasons for their evil only promotes their success, which is not in the best of our interest.
The Hadith (sayings and acts of the prophet of Islam), also described of these so-called Muslims of the end time:
“A people will come out at the end of times, immature, foolish and corrupt. They will hold the discourse of the best of creation and recite Qur’an, but it will not go past their throats. They will pass through religion the way an arrow passes through its quarry. If you find them, kill them, for verily whoever kills them will have his reward from Allah the Day of Judgment.”