Arrests Made In Nigeria After Deadly Friday Terrorist Attacks
SAN FRANCISCO, November 08, (THEWILL) – Arrests have been made following Friday’s deadly coordinated deadly attacks in Damaturu, Yobe State, THEWILL can report.
Boko Haram, the radical Islamic sect which says it wants Islamic law installed in all states in northern Nigeria claimed responsibility for the attacks, which mostly targeted Christian churches and communities leaving at least 65 persons dead.
"Persons have been arrested ... we are not at this time able to talk about who, or how many, or how they are linked to the incidents," Police headquarters spokesman, Mr. Yemi Ajayi was quoted to have said in a Reuters report.
Boko Haram has carried out several attacks in the north since President Goodluck Jonathan’s election fueling suspicion that northern elites, who felt shortchanged following Jonathan’s win in the April general elections, are using the once little known group to unsettle his government.
The group successfully carried out sophisticated attacks including bombing the Police Force headquarters and the UN Building, both in the nation’s capital.
Jonathan, a southerner broke a fragile power sharing arrangement between the north and southern parts of Nigeria, to emerge President. The circumstances are however not necessarily his undoing.
Meanwhile, the federal government Monday assured Nigerians once again that it was on top of the security situation in the north promising to protect citizens and properties after a US Embassy warning on Saturday that the group intended to attack Abuja luxury hotels amongst other strategic buildings during the Muslim Sallah holiday.