Umbrella body of Muslims in the 19 northern states and Abuja, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, on Sunday in Kaduna asked the Muslims in the area to be vigilant following Friday’s suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Maiduguri, Borno State.
This was where the Shehu of Borno and the Deputy Governor of the state narrowly escaped death.
The call came on the heels of an attack on Mahuta village on the outskirt of Kaduna on Saturday by suspected Boko Haram members. One person was reportedly killed in the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Aminu Lawan, who confirmed the incident, said two gunmen were apprehended in connection with the attack by residents.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen had gained access to the residence of the village head but the monarch jumped the fence and escaped.
The quick intervention of youths of the area was said to have saved the situation as the youths confronted the gunmen and in the process seven of the residents were shot.
The statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, read in part, “In the light of what ensued, we call on all Muslims to be vigilant and be more fervent in prayers for peace and harmony to return to Borno the land of Qur’an memorisers and by extension Nigerian.”