Following the discovery of terror suspects’ hideouts in Ijora, Lagos, last Thursday, Hausa leaders in the state have pledged to rid the state of terrorists.
The Hausa leaders made the promise on Monday during their solidarity visit to the Ojora of Ijora, Oba Fatai Aromire, over the incident in his domain last week.
No fewer than 100 soldiers, assisted by men of the State Security Service, had stormed the predominantly Hausa settlement in Ijora in search of suspects said to be members of an Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.
Their search yielded fruits when five persons - two persons from Aromire Street and three at a location in an adjacent street, were arrested during the raid.
The soldiers, after ransacking the building at Aromire Street where one of the arrested persons, Ibrahim Musa, occupies five rooms, recovered a bomb kept in a cooler and hidden inside the ceiling of one of the rooms.
Musa, who a security source described as an illegal alien from Chad, was said to be the leader of the suspects.
Other items found were AK-47 riffles, live cartridges and daggers.
Addressing the Ojora on behalf of the Arewa leaders in Lagos, the Sarkin Hausawa Lagos, Alhaji Sani Kabir, urged all the Hausa leaders (Sarkins) to be vigilant.
He reiterated the need for security to be strengthened by both the federal and state governments.
Kabir said, “We are here (Ojora palace) to show our concern over the discovery of bomb and pledge our support for all efforts to rid Lagos of any incursion of terrorists.
“We are a part and parcel of Lagos and this community. We will not allow anybody to destroy the state. Therefore, all the Arewa leaders in Lagos have resolved to be vigilant. If we notice strange faces, we will report them to the nearest police station.”
The Hausa leader also appealed to all the ethnic nationalities to be peace-loving, remain calm and go about their lawful businesses.