The Boko Haram sect, in a statement released on Thursday in its homebase city of Maiduguri, has promised to intensify its attacks on top government officials in the country “wherever they are”, saying that they “will have no peace”.
In its statement the radical Islamist sect claimed responsibility for the murder of retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Saleh Ningi, who woas killed in Kano on Tuesday.
Reports say Ningi was on his way home from his farm when two gunmen on a motorcyle shot and killed him along Sauna Kawagi Road in Kano metropolis.
The sect said in the statement written in Hausa language that it counted the ex-DIG murder as a “victory” for the sect, promising to wage an even bloodier insurgency against top government officials.
“By God’s grace very soon top government officials will have no peace as we will intensify attacks on them wherever they are,” it said.
“It was only this morning that they (JTF) came to pick up the dead bodies of their colleagues and as usual started torching the houses of innocent people out of vengeance.Furthermore, Boko Haram has refuted claims by the Joint Task Force that it killed 16 members of the sect in Tuesday’s gun battle in Maiduguri. Contrary to JTF reports, Boko Haram said only one member of the sect was killed in the action while 50 soldiers were killed in the encounter.
“We urge the people of Maiduguri city and other towns to exercise patience because very soon, God willing, we will flush out these forces of unbelief and establish the Islamic Sharia system where justice will reign,” the statement concluded.
The sect’s claim could not be independently verified.
Ningi was among senior police officers sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2012 after the sect intensified its deadly activities in the Northern part of the country, NAN reported.