Governor Yero never received intelligence report on Kaduna bombings – Spokesman

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 13th, 2014

yero1Kaduna State Government has denied that it received intelligence report before suspected Boko Haram members hit the state on July 23.

This newspaper recalls that over 100 people were killed in the incident.

The first blast occurred around 12: 45 pm along the crowded Isa Kaita by Alkali Road Junction shortly after the closing of the annual Ramadan Tafsir by a renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi.

About 90 minutes after the first bomb went off, a second explosion ripped through the crowded Kawo area, targeting the motorcade of former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

An exclusive report by DailyPost on Tuesday, told of how the Department of State Security (DSS) allegedly wrote to the State governor, Muhktar Ramalan Yero on a plan by the Boko Haram sect to bomb the state.

“The DSS director had wrote to the governor and advised him to stop the annual closing ceremony of the Ramadan lecture from holding in view of the security threat”, he said.

Reacting on Wednesday, Ahmed Maiyaki, Director of media and publicity to Governor, in a statement faulted the publication.

Describing the report as “unfortunate and erroneous”, Maiyaki said while the state government appreciates efforts being made by security agencies in maintaining law and order, it regrets that some persons within the services could peddle misinformation and deliberately spread falsehood to media platforms on the sad event.

“To put the records straight, we wish to state unequivocally that Governor Yero received no security report from the Department of State Security (DSS) or any of the security agencies warning of an impending bombing in the State”, the statement said.

“As a leader committed to the security of lives and properties of the entire people of Kaduna State, Governor Yero will never treat such piece of information with levity and this has been demonstrated in his handling of sensitive issues since assuming office as Governor.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Yero maintains mutual collaborative efforts with all security agencies in the State and this is evident in the fact that for about twenty months of his administration, there was no single bomb blast in the State.

“We, therefore, view the so-called security report on the bombing as another plot by mischief makers not only to bring the person of Governor Yero to disrepute but also to throw Kaduna State into confusion.

“We challenge the so-called ‘anonymous source’ of the report to provide proof, if any, of the purported letter written to the Governor by the Director of Department of State Service in the State”.

The aide further advised media organizations to uphold the basic principle of journalism hinged on balance and factual reporting by demanding to see a copy of the letter and also seek clarifications from relevant authorities before rushing to the press.

“Governor Yero wishes to call on the entire people of Kaduna State to disregard the erroneous report and go about their lawful businesses without fear as the State Government is ever committed to protecting their wellbeing at all times”, concluded the statement.

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