Indeed wonders shall never end, at least not in Nigeria. There is an old saying that says that “it is easier to convince a man to burn his own house than to convince him to give up his prejudice”. I never for once thought that the adage can be taken literally until I read, yesterday that nine bombers, believed to be Christians, were apprehended when they attempted to bomb a Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) Church at Miya Barkate, 20 kilometres along Jos-Bauchi Highway in Bauchi State.
The suspected bombers are Lamba Goma, Filibus Danasa, Joshua Ali, Danjuma Sabo, Joseph Audu, Simon Gabriel, Bulus Haruna, Yohanna Ishaya and Daniel Ayuba (who was the immediate past Secretary of PDP at Tilden Fulani Ward, Toro LGA, Bauchi State).
The suspects are members of the same COCIN Church, Unguwar Rimi, a new and small Christian settlement between Tilden Fulani and Shere Hills. The suspects who were thoroughly beaten by the public were rescued by Police and then detained at the Toro Divisional Police Division before they were transferred to Bauchi State Police Command, Bauchi.
At about the same time this morning in the neighbouring Plateau State, a bomb explosion was reported at the headquarters of the same COCIN Church during a Sunday service. The pastor of the targeted COCIN Church in Bauchi is Ishaya Izam, who recently arrived on posting from the Cocin headquarters in Jos, which was bombed this morning.
It is not clear if the two bombings are related. A statement on the event in Bauchi State is yet to be issued by the Police.
According to AFP, about three (3) persons were reported killed in Jos from the blast. The attack sparked a riot by Christian youths who went on a killing spray. At least two (2) Muslims were killed by the rampaging agreed Christian Youths. The two men were dragged off their bikes after being stopped at a roadblock set up by the Christian Youths, police said. Also, a row of Muslim-owned shops was also burned, an AFP reporter at the scene said. The report from Jos this morning however indicates that over eight (8) Muslims were mindlessly killed by the rampaging youths.
Back in Bauchi, the spokesperson of the Bauchi State Police command, Hassan Mohammed, confirmed the incident but said he would only provide details later.
“The suspects are in the police headquarters but we give full details after investigators have ascertained the full situation could not be reached for comments” Mr. Mohammed said.
This is however not the first time Christians has been implicated in attack on Churches and Christians. It will be recalled that a Christian, Wisdom Kings, dressed in Muslim attire, was arrested attempting to set fire to a church in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Also, in Adamawa Yola, weeks ago, three people were killed in a Church and Muslims were accused as usual. But Police investigations point to a family feud between a Christian family.
Last year a Christian woman, Lydia Joseph, went to her own parish church in Bauchi and tried to set it ablaze. In Plateau State, a man purported to be a Christian was arrested while trying to bomb a church. Armed men gunned down a group of Christians meeting in a Church and now it turned out that those who have been arrested and are under interrogation are in fact not Muslims and that the story is more of an internal crisis.
As usual and as expected, the media is playing down the Bauchi incident because it does not fit into their propaganda against Muslims and the religion of Islam. “Christians cannot be terrorist, terrorism is a Muslim thing” while all facts points to the opposite. Vanguard and other mainstream media in the country are reporting the incident as a rivalry between church members.
Since when did Church members start using explosives to settle dispute? Can we be right to assume that Mandala Christmas day bombing and other attack on Churches, including that in Jos, were also done by rivalry within the Christian community?
For more on Nigeria Media Bias see: The Sun Phenomenal Bias in Reporting the Jos Crisis and Boko Haram, the Media and the Threatened Imminent Genocide of Niger Delta Muslims by Christian Terrorists
As the ‘nigeria wonder’ continues, Vanguard reports that Boko Haram has already claimed responsibility of the Jos bombings. Boko Haram allege spokesman, Abul Qaqa, who is in SSS custody claimed responsibility on behalf of the group:
- “We carried out the attack on COCIN church in Jos today and we did what we did as part of our resolve to avenge the killings and dehumanisation of Muslims in Jos in the last 10 years.”
How did Abul Qaqa verify that truly it was his group that was responsible? I am sure that if the Christian bombers had succeeded in Bauchi, he would have claimed responsibility for that also. Is it not obvious that Boko Haram leadership has no means of verifying the acts of all its members. Boko Haram may in fact not be responsible for some of the attacks that they claim responsibility to.
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