Kano Received Security Reports on Boko Haram ‘Three Months Ago’

Kano State government received security reports on the activities of Boko Haram members in the state three month ago and immediately swung into action by inviting and warning the sect leader Malam Salisu Yusuf Aljasawy, Director of Press and Public Relations to Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, Sule Ya’u Sule, said yesterday.

This, according to Sule, was in addition to taking adequate measures to maintain law and order in all parts of the state. The sect leader is now at large since the police declared war against his followers.

The Kano incident, he said, only took place in a small area in Wudil town where the sect leader lived and did not spread to other parts of the state because of the measures already taken by government.

Sule told Daily Trust in Kano that when the state government first got security report that the sect leader’s usual sermon was inciting, it quickly invited him to explain to him the implications of it. The religious leader regretted his action there and then and pledged not to do it again, he said.

Equally, the State Security Service (SSS), he also said, invited and warned of the implications of his utterances that were “inimical to the peace” of the state.

He said the state government received security reports regularly from security agencies concerning all religious organizations and their activities in the state.

Sule said, when the state government realized the ideology of the religious sect after the Wudil incident, it quickly directed that the man’s house and adjoining Mosque in Wudil be demolished. He said adequate measures had been taken to forestall any break down of law and order in the state.

 Source, Daily Trust