THE Boko Haram sect has warned the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, to intervene in the release of its arrested members by the police, as failure to do so could lead to attacks and bombings of Sokoto, as it did in Kano on Friday, January 20, 2012.
The sect alleged that many of its members were arrested by security agents in Sokoto.
Its spokesperson, Abu Qaqa, gave the warning yesterday in a telephone interview with newsmen, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Qaqa said: “This is an open letter to the Emir of Sokoto (Sultan of Sokoto), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and the Acting Governor of Sokoto State.
“Before we visited Kano, we wrote open letters to senior citizens there on the imperative of releasing our members but nobody cares to talk.
Indeed, we sent three warnings to Kano before we struck.
“What happened in Kano will be inevitable in Sokoto unless you (Sultan and others) intervene and ensure the immediate and unconditional release of our members, who were specifically arrested in the city of Sokoto last Thursday.”
The spokesman, however, faulted the call for dialogue by President Goodluck Jonathan. “There is gross inconsistency in all the proclamations of the Nigerian leader. Our members are being trailed and killed on one hand, and on the other hand, some people are telling us to surrender our arms and come out. This is impossible,” he declared.