Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Gunmen kill five police in Kaduna

01 February 2013, 07:52

Kaduna/Kano - Gunmen killed at least five police in two attacks in northern Nigeria on Thursday, casting doubt on the ceasefire declared days earlier by a purported Islamist commander and highlighting how difficult it will be to end insecurity in the region.

Around 60 gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state attacked the divisional police station and branches of Ecobank and First Bank with grenade launchers and assault rifles, killing three policemen, police said.

In a separate attack near the north's main city of Kano, suspected Islamists on motorbikes bombed a police station in Bunkure, burning it to the ground and killing two police.

Kaduna state Police Commissioner Olufemi Adenaike, who was at the scene of the Birnin Gwari attack, said a civilian was also killed in the coordinated raid.

"They overpowered the team of about 20 policemen," he said, declining to comment on whether this was an attack by Islamist sect Boko Haram or a criminal gang.

Local witnesses said they were sure the Islamists were behind the sophisticated attack.

A security source at Ecobank, who declined to be named, said the attackers had blown up the bank vault but could not gain entry to the safe.

Ceasefire

Purported Boko Haram commander Sheik Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday, urging members to halt attacks that have killed hundreds since the sect launched an uprising against the government in 2009.

He claimed to be speaking on behalf of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who neither publicly backed nor denounced the commander when he called for dialogue twice in November last year.

Doubts over the authority of Abdulazeez raise questions about possible rifts within the sect - analysts say Boko Haram has been broken up into smaller splinter groups by military pressure. The latest violence will deepen those doubts.

Even if Boko Haram was not behind these attacks, a number of criminal gangs operating in northern Nigeria have benefited from the insurgency, sometimes using the sect as cloak to hide behind.

Repairing this breakdown of law and order will be a tough task even if the Islamists do lay down their weapons.

On Wednesday, gunmen shot dead a security guard at the entrance to the university of Maiduguri, the northeastern city that forms Boko Haram's headquarters.

President Goodluck Jonathan has highlighted links between Boko Haram and Saharan Islamists as a reason for joining efforts by allied French and West African forces fighting them in Mali, but analysts say some kind of negotiated settlement may be his best chance of ending the insurgency on home soil.

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kareem Taofiq
This is unfear

It was confirmed that, after the most peaceful rally recorded by JOBA campaign team some members of team JOBA and APC were attacked. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
My Letter to the Cabal: Game Up

It is time for you to give up. It is time for you to abandon ship. Dear unscrupulous cabal, enough has surely been enough. Read more...

Submitted by
Idiake Destiny718
The media and how it moulds the w...

Television, radio, movies, the Internet and print extend their influence upon our culture, our behavior and our brains! What is behind the powerful force of modern media? Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Jonathan’s 6-week war blunder and...

Jonathan's comments about Boko Haram have led some to believe that the terrorism activities have simply been paused not stopped. Read more...

Submitted by
Samson Eruvwavwe
Delta State entrepreneurship maki...

Members of 3-week Entrepreneurship/Interlocking Making Training (E.I.M.T) by the Forum of Delta State Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen have called for a protest. Read more...

Submitted by
Martin Beck Nworah
Touch no man's candle

Let posterity decide who gave in the very best and who sacrificed the most to see that our world becomes a better place to live in. Read more...