OPERATIVES of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Kano State have uncovered another bomb-making facility at the Haye Hotoro Arewa area of the metropolis.
At the facility, believed to be owned by members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, were improvised explosive devices in various containers, charcoals, liquid substances, household items and film leaflets with images of the late leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden.
Spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, who conducted journalists round the facility, disclosed that the discovery came after his men closed in on one of the kingpins of the Islamic group in the area.
He said that unfortunately, the targeted insurgent who was said to have relocated to Kano recently escaped into thin air, moment before his men seized the facility.
Iweha disclosed that two women and scores of children have been in custody of his men after yesterday’s early morning raid.
Conducting journalists round the facility, the JTF spokesman said: “This is one of the houses in which the elements used to make bombs. We are happy we have been able to prevent another civilian casualty. Yesterday, we got apt information that one of them recently moved into this area.
“As you can see, some of the explosives here were being primed to achieve their devilish intention but God will not allow this to happen again. We have made some arrests and we have two women and some children in our custody, even though the main person we came for escaped”.
Lt. Iweha, who expressed gratitude to the Kano community for availing the JTF with vital information on the activities of the sect members, remarked that more information is required considering the fact that the war against the insurgents is unabated.
“Our war with these elements is not over yet. We want the peace-loving people of Kano to keep giving us information. Kano people should not be afraid to do that. We will treat all those that do that with utmost confidentiality. We want the people of Kano to be safe as we are already striving hard to do.
“Imagine what would have happened if that drum that is being primed is detonated where people are carrying out their lawful means of livelihood. Thank God we nipped the satanic act in the bud”.
Iweha said the bomb facility structure would be reduced to rubbles by his men.
At the location, which is a developing but gradually turning out to be one of the densely populated parts of the Kano metropolis, were armoured personnel carriers, stern-looking soldiers and plain-clothes security personnel.