Four Dead, 14 Injured As Tension Rises In Kano

JTF Raid kanoTwo explosions caused by two suicide bombers occurred in Kano on Monday.

The first attacker walked into a filling station in Hotoro, where people, most of whom were women cued for kerosene.

The Police Commissioner, Aderenle Shinaba, said that the bomber and two others died while eight sustained various degrees of injuries.

Shortly after, another female suicide bomber attempted to pass security check at Shoprite on Zoo road, killing herself and injuring six others including two policemen.

Kano State in recent days has been under tension after the discovery of explosives at Eid ground but the Police say it is still under high alert as few arrests have been made since recent attacks.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

However, the deputy governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar, who visited the scene of the blast, said the government was conscious and fully aware of the new techniques now used by the terrorists to attack innocent people.

Following the attacks, Sallah celebrations in Kano have suffered a setback as people are being cautious. Also, most recreational parks appeared empty as check-points have been set up within the metropolis.

 

President Jonathan Visits Emir Of Kano, Prominent Oyo, Osun Monarchs

President Goodluck Jonathan has visited Kano State to pay homage to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

The visit may not have the same pomp and pageantry associated with such presidential trips, as there were very few government officials led by the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdulahi Umar Gandoje at the Kano International Airport to receive the President.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Deputy Governor said that the Emir had been very sick for some time and it therefore became expedient for President Goodluck Jonathan to come for the private visit to pay homage to the Emir.

The Deputy Governor also said that the visit was not a political one but that it was just to see the Emir who had been sick since the Sallah holiday.

President Goodluck Jonathan, while speaking at the palace of the Emir, also said that he was in Kano on a private visit to pay homage and see how the Emir was doing, following his health condition.

The President, who arrived at the Emirs palace at about 12:15 pm, was grateful to the Emir for the encouragement he had been receiving, promising to continue to work for the unity of the country.

President Jonathan also said that he was working round the clock to ensure the security of lives and property in the country, in the midst of daunting security challenges.

The Emir prayed for him and commended the development efforts of the administration and the efforts to ensure that the country remained indivisible.

The President’s jet left Kano for Lagos at about 1 .15pm.

It will be recalled that the President was also in Kano in the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2012 to commiserate with the Emir following an attack that claimed several lives, as well as injuring many others. The President had at that time assured the Emir that security would be beefed up to secure lives and property in Kano state and the entire country.

Jonathan Visits Oyo And Osun States

Straight from the Emir of Kano’s palace, the President jetted off to Lagos enroute Ife in Osun State, and Oyo State where he paid a private visit to prominent monarchs.

On arrival at the Ibadan Airport, in the Oyo State capital, President Jonathan was received by the State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and members of the Governor’s cabinet.

Also at the airport to receive the President were top PDP members in the state.

At the palace of the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the monarch and the Oba in council received the President both of whom later had a short private meeting in the palace.

APC Governors’ Forum Meet In Lagos

State governors, under the banner of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, have met in Lagos to deliberate on strategies to strengthen the party and have also taken a look at the state of the nation.

Reading from a communique issued at the end of their meeting, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, said that members of the National Assembly have a right to re-align themselves with parties of their choice without being sanctioned.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included, the alleged police brutality in Rivers State, preparations for the commencement of membership registration and the need for INEC to make adequate preparations for the upcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

The forum maintained that there was need for adequate preparations in order “to forestall a repeat of the electoral sham experienced in Anambra and Delta States and to restore credibility in the electoral process”.

They also reviewed the preparations for the commencement of membership registration into the party, and urged all prospective members, sympathizers and party structures to fully support the process for a comprehensive documentation and registration of members.

On the political and security situation in Rivers State, the forum frowned at the conduct of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu and maintained “that the Nigeria Police Force is not a PDP police and such flagrant violations of the Constitution and laws of Nigeria should henceforth stop”.

They also deliberated on the need for strengthening the All Progressives Congress and its structures as well as discussed political developments in APC States with the aim of building a common development agenda.

Other APC Governors in attendance at the meeting include, Governors of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers states; Tanko Almakura, Rauf Aregbesola, Kayode Fayemi, Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi and Rotimi Amaechi, while the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje represented his State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.