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article imageBoko Haram: Emir of Kano weeps over attacks, 10 killed in Bauchi

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 23, 2012 in World
Kano - The Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero, broke down in tears as he recounted the carnage inflicted on his city by Boko Haram attacks in which about 200 people were reportedly killed.
The octogenarian monarch broke out in tears while receiving President Goodluck Jonathan in his palace. Goodluck Jonathan was at the royal palace of the monarch to commiserate with the people of Kano after Friday's Boko Haram attacks in the city.
Vanguard Nigeria reports that it took the monarch almost half an hour to read through a two-page speech in Hausa language, because he was forced to stop his speech each time the emotions welled up and tears streamed down his face. According to Vanguard, palace guards repeatedly formed a ring around the Emir to allow him regain his royal composure before continuing his speech.
Alhaji Bayero, in his speech, said the emirate appreciated the president's visit, but complained that his city of 9 million people was under-policed with only 8,000 officers. Bayero said: “It is a far cry that a city of kano’s size and status is being policed by 8,000 men, and we appeal to the authority concerned to have a rethink on the current situation in the overall peace and stability of the state."
He urged Jonathan to do something to strengthen security in the city so as to prevent future occurrences. The Emir described Friday's attacks as "unfortunate, ugly and violent." He said that his emirate fully supports the the federal government in its struggle against terrorism. According to Bayero, Kano "deeply appreciates the courtesy of Mr. President.”
Leadership reported that the monarch promised that, "We will join hands with the government to tackle this challenging situation and, by God’s grace, we will solve it diligently.” Bayero appealed to "everyone to have the fear of God in his heart and know that whatever he or she does here, he or she will account for it thereafter."
President Jonathan in his response, said: “We will not rest on our oars until terrorism in whatever form is wiped out, and that is why we are fortifying our security network to face these challenges all over the federation and we are certain that we will defeat them.”
The president said further: “Those who perpetrate this dastardly act are not spirit, they live freely with us in the society and the security challenges they pose have now made it incumbent on us to be extra vigilant on what our next door neighbor does and by so doing, we will overcome the evil forces."
Imam Abubakar Shekau  Boko Haram leader
Imam Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader
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"Eight-bomb laden cars discovered"
Vanguard reports that while Kano was yet to recover from the shock of the mayhem unleashed by Boko Haram on Friday, the police said they discovered "eight bomb-laden cars" in the city on Monday. According to a senior police officer: “We have discovered eight bomb-laden cars in different areas of the city. We are still facing serious security threats.”
One of the bombs, according to eyewitness accounts, was found in a car abandoned by the roadside outside a government-run fuel station. According to Vanguard, the bombs were all home-made explosive devices.
Boko Haram launches attack in Bauchi
Nigeria News reports that on Sunday, following the Friday attacks in Kano, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants, raided a town in Bauchi State, killing ten people. Zimbio reports that Bukata Zhyad, a secretary of the Sayawa Elders' Council, told reporters: “We don’t know where they came from. They attacked us with rocket launchers and other explosives.”
Nigeria News reports he said: “We are going round the town checking. So far we have ten people dead and 12 wounded." The local community leader said the attackers hurled home-made grenades into homes and shot dead people who were trying to escape.
Zimbio reports residents said that gunmen attacked a police station in Tafawa Balewa, and a military check point in Marar Rabar Liman Katagun area with explosives. According to a police spokesman Mohammed Barau: “In the exchange of fire that ensued, a policeman, a soldier and eight unidentified civilians were killed by stray bullets.”
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