The Jamaâatu ahlil Sunnah Liddiâawati wal Jihad known as Boko Haram has denied any involvement in Fridayâs attempted bomb attack on a mosque in Kano State.
Making this denial in a statement sent to media houses yesterday, the sect also accused the State Security Service (SSS) of orchestrating the plot to discredit it and said that such action is normal among security outfits the world over.
The sect which disowned the four men arrested Friday, in Kano, attempting to bomb a Jumaat mosque at Fagge area of the metropolis, also paid tribute to their slain member, Habibu Bama who reportedly died from gunshot injuries suffered during his arrest. They said Bama was a martyr who sacrificed his life as a believer.
Bama, regarded as the mastermind of the deadly bombings in Madalla, Abacha Barracks, Police Force Headquarters and the United Nations Building in Abuja was fatally wounded during a shoot-out in Damaturu, Yobe State between the Joint Task Force, JTF and members of the sect, during which Bama was arrested. He was said to have later died from the injuries.
âWe are aware that these types of ugly trend exists among security services such as the SSS, in order to discredit âGodâs warriorsâ but we are confident they will never succeed by Godâs grace because our aim is to ensure the existence of a strong Islamic practice,â the sect said.
âWe 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,â the statement said.
The sect also reiterated its earlier warning to media houses saying that if they would not report its activities the media should also not report media activities having to do with them.
âAs 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,â it said.