Three days after the deadliest Boko Haram attacks yet, police in Kano State announced that they had impounded 10 cars laden with explosives. Some of the vehicles were found to have been abandoned by their owners, while another was arrested along with the owner at Gwauron Dutse in the ancient city.
On the same day,
•Senate President David Mark, speaking on behalf of the leadership of the National Assembly, said laws would be amended to strengthen the fight against terror;
•Four Boko Haram suspects were killed in Maiduguri, Borno State; and
•A man was shot in the leg at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on the suspicion of being a terrorist.
THISDAY gathered from security sources in Kano that two of the vehicles were abandoned by their owners since last Friday at various locations within Kano metropolis. The Kano attacks, launched simultaneously at eight spots, left nearly 200 persons dead.
It was learnt that a Honda Civic car was found abandoned close to the NNPC Mega Station in Hotoro, beside Kano depot, laden with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), while the second car, a Kia, was discovered at Tula in the suburb of Kano by the eastern by pass.
The third car, which is a Honda Brahma series, was found abandoned on Sunday at Sheka quarters after residents reported the unusual presence of the car since last Friday to security agencies. THISDAY was also informed that the fourth car, a Toyota Camry, was intercepted yesterday during security operative’s wait and search operation at Gwauron Dutse quarters in Kano city. Both the car and its driver were arrested. Items found in the car were: a bullet proof vest, a gun and some chemicals believed to be used in making IEDs. Two brand new Hilux open pick-up vans were also found packed with explosives in the Bompai area of Kano.
Special prayers were conducted in mosques throughout Kano yesterday to seek divine intervention in order to prevent recurrence of last Friday’s bomb blasts. Prayers were also said at Kano Central Mosque, led by the Chief Imam of Kano, Professor Sani Zaharadeen. In attendance were the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and all ulamas in the state.