Boko Haram threatens to bomb govt. buildings in 19 northern states, Abuja

The extremist Boko Haram sect says it is set to resume its deadly attacks with sights now aimed at bombing government-owned properties, offices and residential quarters, in the 19 northern states and Abuja.

In what appears to be a defensive response to growing public anger and a tactical shift in operational approach, the spokesperson for the sect, Abul Qaqa, told PREMIUM TIMES, Thursday afternoon, that the facilities being targeted are in retaliation for the destruction of properties belonging to its members and those it characterized as “innocent landlords” in some parts of Kano and Borno States.

In a prompt response, the police asked Nigerians to disregard such a threat and go about their normal businesses, adding that it is battle ready to repel any attack by “any criminal group”.

It is not clear whether the State Security Service is aware of the fresh threat by the group. The spokesperson for the agency, Marilyn Ogar, declined comments, saying she would not respond to telephone enquiries.

In a move indicating that the group is battling for its share of the minds of the public, Mr Qaqa also said his sect is giving a notice in advance of the attacks because, “we don’t want innocent people to be caught in the attacks. We are not happy that innocent people are dying in our war with the government. And that is why we have reduced our attacks in the past few days to enable us to strategize.”

He accused the Joint Task Forces, the inter-agency outfits in charge of security in Kano and Borno states, of harassing and arresting members of the sect in the two states.

“Most of these people live in rented apartments,” Mr. Qaqa claimed.

“But to our utmost surprise, after arresting them, some with their wives and family members, the JTF will bring out their properties. Both the apartments and the properties are then destroyed.

“This has become the new trend and it is becoming difficult for people to rent out accommodation to people, and a lot of people, including our people are homeless.

“Because of this trend, we have decided that in the coming days, every Nigerian, especially in the North, including Abuja, should vacate any government quarters or buildings – residential, office, classroom or anything owned by government.

“Every government building, whether occupied or empty will be blown up. Whoever is caught up in the attacks has his or herself to blame. We have done our best by issuing this warning,” Mr. Qaqa said coldly.

We are ready for them

But the spokesperson of the police, Frank Mba, who refused to disclose whether or not his force is aware of the threat, said the security consciousness and readiness of the police is at its peak.

“For us, security is 24 hours,” Mr. Mba said.

“Whether there are threats or no threats from criminal groups, we will continue to provide the best level of security.

“We want to urge Nigerians to disregard whatever threats there are. We also want to reassure Nigerians of our commitments to providing the citizens and other inhabitants of utmost security.”

The police spokesperson said the new leadership of the force had put in place an elaborate and effective counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency strategies.

History of killings

The Boko Haram sect, founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002, set out seeking to impose a stricter form of Sharia or Islamic law in northern Nigeria and end corruption.

The group gradually became violent after the five days of clashes in July 2009 between the group and members of the security forces in Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, and Kano states that left more than 800 people dead, including at least 30 police officers.

During that unrest, the police captured and allegedly killed the Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, along with several dozen of his followers in Maiduguri.

Since the July 2009 clash with the authorities, the group has executed series of attacks on Nigeria.

Suspected members of the group carried out hundreds of attacks on cities in northern Nigeria, targeting government security officers, politicians, traditional leaders, opposing clerics, Muslims, Christians, students and journalists.

Last year, the group claimed responsibility for the November bombings in Damaturu, Yobe State, that left at least 100 people dead, and a suicide bomb attack in August on the United Nations building in Abuja that killed 24 people and injured more than 100 others.


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  • Over to the Governors of the 19 Nothern States. What says thou?

  • Iyke Okongwu


    • Abdul

      Ikechukwu, you probably are the blood sucker here. You prefer that people do not have information and die from their ignorance?

    • @Ikechukwu, let’s not use sentiment. When IRA were active in UK, they always phoned warnings to particular journalists. The journalists were not encouraging them but passing information to the public, this kept civillian casualties low during the IRA campaign. Plus having a conduit in the media can eventually lead to contacts with the govt and dialogue, as happened when the peace process became a reality in Ireland. Darwin has said that to survive, humans have to adapt & evolve. The species that fail to do this become gradually extinct.

  • Sounds more like Lamentation of BH than a threat.

    • Danarewa

      Of course it’s a lamentation because the bubble is gradually busting and very soon Nigerians will see the trues faces of Boko Haram. How can a group fighting the cause of Islam targets public buildings that are largely occupied by fellow Muslims? Who are they fighting? Their fellow Muslims or government? If they are fighting government, their targets should be state houses and state and national assemblies, ina ddition to the military and police formations. These guys are either blood thirsty or they have lost track of their mission. The other theory si that they are not even Muslims, but a group of people bent on breaking up the country. Allh will expose and deal with them soon. .

  • Musa

    @ Yusuf,yes it is not threat, BH is trying for a soft landind. It is inviting dialogue by whatever means but doesn’t want to show its frustration. They cant go further and the government has not provided any sanctuary for any member that could decide to defect.

    In all forms of war you encourage defection, but we have not provided for that. This would have been the best time to woo the frustrated ones among them, get info and crush the remaining.

    • I share your views, they make sense.I hope the government is thinking in the same direction.

  • Allianceforchrist

    This is an opportunity for all christians to complete strategies and let’s beging to delete them in our way, in the coming months the havoc we the Alliance For Christ will cause will be immense,
    This has become a holy christian war

    • anonymous

      You have been on it. How many of the attacks did u cause and were tagged boko haram?

      • Otopsyn

        @anonymous stop being childish.

  • Balat

    Allah ya tsine muku ‘yan boko haram in Allah ya yarda sai Allah ya tona muku Asiri. Baza ku taba cin nasara ba a wannan zaluncin ki san bayin Allah da kuke.Kune ku ka budewa Arna kafirai hanya domin su cigaba da zaluncin musulmai a arewa musam man a nan Kano. Allah sai ya tarwatsa ku , sai ya jeho muku balai tun daga nan duniya har ya zuwa lahira. Allah wadarai. Mu dai munyi tur daku

    • Watfronig

      Balat or are you Boko Haram. Why do you refuse to communicate in English on this medium? You must be a Boko Haram member. Unfortunately, you have chosen a wrong medium to send your message in a language that 99.9 per cent of Western Educated audience do not understand. If this is the foundational philosophy of Boko Haran, then you and your ilk are engaged in nothing but a wasted effort.

  • BH keep the good work coming, in the end you will ripe islamic states of 19 including abj, chie! no be by force say people go join unaa ooo!.

  • Bill Hansen

    “Allegedly killed” Muhammad Yusuf??? Do you guys speak English? Do you know what the words you use mean? The police admitted to killing him and even showed his body in the police compound.

  • shorebattery

    Let us not deceive ourselves. Nigeria is at war, full-blown war involving some supposed citizens of Nigeria (Boko Haram members), the Boko Haram foreign sponsors (al qaeda, etc, who, in a way, are fighting a proxy war against Nigeria via the Boko Haram) and the core Nigerian security forces. That is that. All the grandstanding we see and observe from the Nigerian security forces and their commander-in-chief, Goodluck Jonathan, is only a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. The interesting thing about the Boko Haram tactic is a pre-warning before any attack; and behold, at the expiration of the deadline given by the warning, the attack is carried out and it comes out successful! Then you hear the Nigerian security forces, boasting to the skies and hitting their chests in a show of triumph, saying that they killed one Boko Haram member; at what expense? Yes, one Boko Haram member may be killed while dozens of innocent people are destroyed by the Boko Haram. And this is not taking into account, the level of destruction to public property that has accompanied such an attack. Nigeria is at war. That’s that! You may give the war any type of name, but war is war.