The extremist Boko Haram sect, has denied media reports alleging that four of its members were arrested Friday, in Kano, attempting to bomb a Jumaat mosque at Fagge area of the metropolis.
The group, in an statement sent to media houses Saturday, also accused the State Security Service, SSS, of orchestrating the plot in order to discredit it, describing such a practice as normal among security services in many countries.
“We are aware these types of ugly trend exists among security services such as the SSS, in order to discredit ‘Gods warriors’ but we are confident they will never succeed by God’s grace because our aim is to ensure the existence of a strong Islamic practice,” the sect said.
The group also paid tribute to Habibu Bama, one of its members who died of gunshot wounds he sustained while being captured by the JTF in Damaturu, Yobe State, on Thursday.
“We are gladdened by the martyrdom of our brother Habibu Bama. We pray God accept his sacrifice, that is the best ending to any true believer,” the statement said.
The group also reiterated its earlier warning to media houses it accused of unbalanced reporting.
“As much as possible we do not wish to engage the media in any hot exchanges, the condition we gave was that any media house that knows that it cannot relay messages we circulated the way it is or even refuse to do so completely, then it should also not report the government side even if it is President Goodluck Jonathan that spoke, otherwise it will have itself to blame,” it said.